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Tejada delivers in ninth, Giants top Cards

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Miguel Tejada galloped around first base like his old Oakland self of a decade ago, thrilled to produce his first game-winning hit for the World Series champion Giants.

Tejada hit a two-run double that glanced off the glove of center fielder Colby Rasmus with two outs in the ninth inning and San Francisco rallied late for the second straight day, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday night a few hours after receiving its World Series rings.

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And, after this dramatic finish, manager Bruce Bochy considered letting his new shortstop sport the ring for a little while.

"I'm really happy right now," said the 36-year-old Tejada, due to get the day off Sunday. "I'm going to enjoy the moment. I just need to be aggressive. I'm an aggressive hitter."

The Giants celebrated this one as though they had just won the championship all over again, with ace Tim Lincecum among those who sprinted out of the dugout to hug Tejada. Tejada skipped in jubilation after his 15th career game-ending hit.

It came against Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin (0-1), who blew his third save in four chances and second in two days. St. Louis lost 5-4 in 12 innings Friday.

"When you win games like this early it has a little bit of a carryover," Pat Burrell said. "We had the right guy up at the right time. He's a pro. He's been doing this so long. You want him up in a situation like that."

Ramon Ramirez (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win and San Francisco secured its first series victory of the season.

Franklin allowed Buster Posey's one-out single and then a walk to Burrell. Aaron Rowand flied out to bring up Tejada, who fouled off pitches down each base line before coming through with the big hit off a fastball.

"I'm just having a rough time right now. I'm doing everything I think I can," Franklin said. "I threw some pitches in and some pitches out and I tried to throw the fastball in and it wasn't where I wanted it."

Rasmus ran down Tejada's high drive at the edge of the warning track in left-center, but tried to catch it by his hip and the ball deflected off his glove to the ground. Both runners scored easily.

"It definitely ruined my evening," Rasmus said. "I felt like I got a real good jump on it."

The finish spoiled a solid start by St. Louis lefty Jaime Garcia, who outdueled Matt Cain and struck out a career-best nine batters for the second straight outing this year.

Rasmus hit a go-ahead homer leading off the seventh. Cain had gone 32 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run dating to last year before Skip Schumaker scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.

Mark DeRosa drove in San Francisco's first run with a single in the fifth while making a rare start.

Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP across the bay with Oakland, then gave the sellout crowd of 41,742 even more to cheer about as fans continue to celebrate the city's first title since the club came West in 1958.

Garcia threw his first career complete game against San Francisco last Aug. 22, a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory at Busch Stadium -- and appeared headed for another impressive win. Garcia held the Giants scoreless over 14 innings dating to last year before allowing DeRosa's single.

He gave up four hits and one run and walked one in six innings Saturday.

"I'm happy with the way we're competing but I'm not happy with the results," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of his team's 2-6 start.

Giants center fielder Andres Torres left in the top of the fourth with a mild left Achilles' strain. X-rays were negative and he is scheduled to be evaluated again Sunday.

Torres was hurt after charging in to field Lance Berkman's line drive for the first out, then stayed in as Rasmus popped up to shortstop. But Torres began hobbling in pain and athletic trainer Dave Groeschner hustled out to check on him followed by manager Bruce Bochy.

Rowand moved from right to center to replace Torres, and Nate Schierholtz entered to play right. Schierholtz tripled and had a pair of singles.

Cain carried a streak of 27 1/'3 innings without allowing an earned run into his second outing of the year after he tossed six shutout innings last Saturday against the Dodgers.

The right-hander and longest-tenured member of the Giants didn't allow an earned run in 21 1-3 innings during last fall's improbable postseason run.

"Incredible postseason run he had. It is fitting to have him out there," Bochy said. "What an unsung hero he is with the way he pitched."

Six of the first eight games for the Giants (4-4) have been decided by two or fewer runs.

Members of the other Bay Area championship teams each threw out a ceremonial first pitch: Steve Young of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, Al Attles of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, Jim Otto of the NFL's Oakland Raiders and Reggie Jackson representing the Oakland Athletics. Lincecum ran out to greet Jackson with a handshake.

The Giants wore commemorative uniforms and caps with gold lettering instead of the standard orange or black.

On Sunday, Posey - San Francisco's NL Rookie of the Year catcher - will be presented with his award in yet another pregame ceremony.

Notes

  • Cardinals cleanup hitter Matt Holliday deemed himself set to return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale against LHP Barry Zito, though La Russa didn't commit. The slugger underwent an appendectomy on April 1.
  • Bochy thanked a few of the Cardinals players for their patience waiting through Friday's 50-minute pregame ceremony.
  • Giants RF Cody Ross, on the DL with a strained right calf, expects to begin running and fielding flyballs early in the week. He likely will need a short rehab stint in the minors before rejoining the team.
  • San Francisco has won nine of its last 14 against the Cardinals at AT&T Park dating to 2007.
 
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The Giants' Miguel Tejada lines a game-winning double off Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Franklin in the ninth inning. (AP)
The Giants' Miguel Tejada lines a game-winning double off Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Franklin in the ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Garcia
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 9
San Francisco

M. Tejada
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, 2B3100103 .250
Jon Jay, LF3010111 .273
Albert Pujols, 1B2000202 .167
Lance Berkman, RF4000003 .214
Colby Rasmus, CF4121012 .370
Yadier Molina, C4010002 .160
Daniel Descalso, 3B3000010 .214
Jaime Garcia, P2000010 .000
   a- Allen Craig, PH1000000 .227
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
   b- David Freese, PH1000000 .150
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Tyler Greene, SS3010012 .286
Totals3025145  
a-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
b-grounded out for Batista in the 9th
Batting
2B - Yadier Molina (2, Cain)
HR - Colby Rasmus (1, Cain)
SH - Daniel Descalso (3)
RBI - Colby Rasmus (1)
SB - Tyler Greene (1, 2nd base off Cain/Posey)
CS - Jon Jay (1, 2nd base by Runzler/Posey)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Descalso-Schumaker-Pujols, Pujols-T. Greene-Garcia
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia 6411190 0.60
Miguel Batista (H,1) 2100030 0.00
Ryan Franklin (BS,3; L,0-1) 0.2222100 9.82
HBP - Burrell (by Jaime Garcia)
WP - Jaime Garcia (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 82-56, Miguel Batista 26-15, Ryan Franklin 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 5-2, Miguel Batista 1-2, Ryan Franklin 1-1
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 22, Miguel Batista 7, Ryan Franklin 5
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF1000010 .286
    Nate Schierholtz, RF3030000 .364
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4000023 .290
Aubrey Huff, 1B4000022 .250
Buster Posey, C4110011 .281
Pat Burrell, LF2100120 .160
    Brandon Belt, PR0100000 .179
Aaron Rowand, RF-CF4000013 .429
Miguel Tejada, SS3022100 .273
Mark DeRosa, 3B3011011 .300
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Matt Cain, P2000022 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
   a- Pablo Sandoval, PH-3B1000000 .423
Totals31373212  
a-flied out for Runzler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada (3, Franklin)
3B - Nate Schierholtz (1, Batista)
RBI - Miguel Tejada 2 (5), Mark DeRosa (3)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada 2 (3), Mark DeRosa (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - F. Sanchez-Tejada-Huff
E - Mark DeRosa (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain 7522241 1.38
Dan Runzler 1000210 8.31
Ramon Ramirez (W,1-0) 1000000 0.00
WP - Matt Cain (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 99-66, Dan Runzler 19-9, Ramon Ramirez 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 12-5, Ramon Ramirez 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 28, Dan Runzler 4, Ramon Ramirez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41742
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman