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Schierholtz extends, then wins game for Giants in 11

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ST. LOUIS -- One more pitch, and Brian Wilson put out the lights for good.

Nate Schierholtz delivered a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning and the go-ahead hit in the 11th, then the San Francisco closer finished off the St. Louis Cardinals after a 16-minute light failure for a 7-5 victory on Wednesday night.

"It was a pretty good game of gamesmanship," Giants manager Bruce Bochy joked. "I was just hoping it wouldn't be too long before he got back out there.

"It wasn't bad, one pitch and we're done."

The game was delayed with two outs in the bottom of the 11th when large sections of two light standards failed. Play resumed with a 2-1 count on Allen Craig, and Wilson needed one pitch to get a game-ending grounder for his 15th save in 17 chances.

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"That was really awkward, pretty anticlimactic to have the lights go off like that," Craig said. "But I guess it's just part of the game."

Joe Walsh, the Cardinals' director of security, said a faulty breaker was likely to blame. After flipping the circuit breaker, Walsh said umpires were aware from previous light woes in other stadiums that about 15-20 minutes was required for the lights to cool down and then return to full power.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had no idea what happened, saying, "Ask the electrician, I don't know."

Cody Ross had four hits and an RBI and Freddy Sanchez had a three-hit game for the Giants, who shook off a poor outing by Tim Lincecum. Sergio Romo (3-0) worked the 10th for the win.

San Francisco, which came from behind twice, had a season-high 16 hits and won for only the third time in nine games.

"Early on balls were kind of finding holes and finding places to land," Lincecum said. "Pitchers pride themselves on shutout innings after you get a lead and I just didn't do that.

"You have to tip your hat to Craig, he put a pretty good swing on the pitch."

Craig's two-run, pinch-hit homer chased Lincecum in the seventh, putting the Cardinals up 5-4. The two-time NL Cy Young winner struck out nine but gave up a career high-tying 10 hits and threw two wild pitches, one of them scoring a run.

"I faced him in college quite a bit and I watched video on him quite a bit the last few years," Craig said. "I have an idea what he's doing, it's not like I've never faced him before."

Lincecum was 3-1 with a 1.22 ERA in May, allowing only six earned runs in 36 2/3 innings. Before fading in the seventh he had retired eight of nine batters, five on strikeouts with the lone runner on a hit batsman and the pinch homer was the first he's allowed in his career.

Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford had RBI singles in the 11th off Ryan Franklin (1-4), pitching on the second straight night and in his second inning. Ryan Theriot had two hits and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games for St. Louis, which gave Jake Westbrook a 3-0 lead in the fourth.

Bochy said he's gaining confidence in Schierholtz.

"His playing time has increased and it will now with the game he had and the way he's been playing," Bochy said. "That's what we're looking for, a shot in the arm."

Aubrey Huff's homer off Miguel Batista ended a 6-for-38 slump and put the Giants ahead 4-3 in the top of the seventh.

Craig is 18 for 40 (.450) since May 19 and is 5 for 11 with a home run, three doubles and four RBI in the first three games of a four-game series. He and Jon Jay should both garner more playing time with Matt Holliday set to go on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a nagging quadriceps injury.

Lincecum walked on five pitches to load the bases in the fourth after the Cardinals elected to intentionally walk eighth-place hitter Eli Whiteside. Westbrook escaped by striking out Andres Torres, giving the Giants seven stranded runners the first four innings.

Westbrook's only clean inning was the fifth, but the Giants opened the sixth with three straight hits and a sacrifice fly and chased him on Torres' two-out RBI double. Torres had been an easy out his first three at-bats with two strikeouts and a groundout to first.

"I think I got him on the previous three at-bats with all changeups," Westbrook said. "I guess bad location. That can't happen, you can't let them back in the ballgame."

Theriot had an RBI single in the third and the Cardinals made it 3-0 in the fourth on a wild pitch and Skip Schumaker's single that barely eluded both middle infielders.

Notes

  • The Giants' Class A affiliate in San Jose set a team record with its 12th straight victory Tuesday.
  • Pat Burrell, in a 4-for-25 slump, fouled out as a pinch-hitter on a 3-0 pitch in the eighth. He's started only eight of the Giants' last 22 games.
  • Lincecum has given up 10 hits three times, the previous time on May 15, 2009 against the New York Mets.
  • Huff leads the Giants with 24 RBI but has only four in the last 17 games and had been batting only .175 against right-handers, among the worst in the league, before the homer.
  • Lincecum threw one wild pitch his first 11 starts.
  • The Giants are 6-3 in extra innings and 2-0 against St. Louis.
 
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Nate Schierholtz smacks an RBI single in the 11th inning to put the Giants ahead for good in St. Louis.  (AP)
Nate Schierholtz smacks an RBI single in the 11th inning to put the Giants ahead for good in St. Louis. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

N. Schierholtz
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

D. Descalso
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF6011034 .252
Miguel Tejada, 3B6000001 .210
Freddy Sanchez, 2B6130000 .298
Aubrey Huff, 1B4111102 .219
    Emmanuel Burriss, PR-1B1100001 .286
Nate Schierholtz, RF6232000 .274
Cody Ross, LF5141100 .267
Brandon Crawford, SS6121013 .333
Eli Whiteside, C4021102 .200
Tim Lincecum, P2000113 .074
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   a- Pat Burrell, PH1000001 .229
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Rowand, PH1000000 .247
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals48716745  
a-fouled out for Casilla in the 8th
b-lined out for Ramirez in the 10th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (10, Westbrook), Freddy Sanchez 2 (15, Westbrook, Franklin), Cody Ross (5, Westbrook)
HR - Aubrey Huff (5, Batista)
SF - Eli Whiteside (1)
RBI - Andres Torres (9), Aubrey Huff (24), Nate Schierholtz 2 (15), Cody Ross (14), Brandon Crawford (6), Eli Whiteside (2)
2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres (2), Nate Schierholtz 2 (7), Brandon Crawford (1)
SB - Emmanuel Burriss (4, 2nd base off Salas/Molina), Cody Ross (3, 2nd base off Westbrook/Molina)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - F. Sanchez-Crawford-Huff, Crawford-Huff, F. Sanchez-Crawford-Burriss
E - Brandon Crawford (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum 6.11055091 2.59
Santiago Casilla 0.2000100 3.00
Javier Lopez 1.1000000 2.75
Ramon Ramirez 0.2000000 1.59
Sergio Romo (W,3-0) 1000000 2.60
Brian Wilson (S,15) 1200000 3.24
HBP - Theriot (by Tim Lincecum)
WP - Tim Lincecum 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 109-69, Santiago Casilla 10-4, Javier Lopez 14-10, Ramon Ramirez 10-6, Sergio Romo 8-5, Brian Wilson 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 5-4, Santiago Casilla 1-0, Javier Lopez 2-2, Sergio Romo 3-1, Brian Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 29, Santiago Casilla 2, Javier Lopez 4, Ramon Ramirez 2, Sergio Romo 4, Brian Wilson 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Theriot, SS4021010 .303
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Jon Jay, LF-RF5010031 .342
Albert Pujols, 1B4000102 .262
Lance Berkman, RF4000012 .329
    Eduardo Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Greene, SS1000000 .231
Colby Rasmus, CF5110001 .276
Yadier Molina, C5130010 .320
    Pete Kozma, PR0000000 .125
Skip Schumaker, 2B5011012 .215
Daniel Descalso, 3B5230011 .241
Jake Westbrook, P1000011 .111
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
   a- Allen Craig, PH-LF3112001 .337
Totals42512419  
a-homered for Batista in the 7th
Batting
3B - Daniel Descalso (2, Lincecum)
HR - Allen Craig (4, Lincecum)
SH - Jake Westbrook (3)
RBI - Ryan Theriot (20), Skip Schumaker (10), Allen Craig 2 (21)
SB - Jon Jay (4, 2nd base off Lincecum/Whiteside), Colby Rasmus (5, 2nd base off Lincecum/Whiteside)
CS - Ryan Theriot (1, 2nd base by Lincecum/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 7
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Westbrook 5.2933240 5.15
Miguel Batista 1.1111001 2.28
Eduardo Sanchez (H,7) 1100010 2.38
Fernando Salas (BS,1) 1211100 1.82
Ryan Franklin (L,1-4) 2322100 7.52
IBB - Whiteside by Jake Westbrook, Ross by Ryan Franklin
WP - Jake Westbrook (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 100-63, Miguel Batista 16-9, Eduardo Sanchez 17-10, Fernando Salas 19-10, Ryan Franklin 34-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 10-3, Miguel Batista 1-3, Ryan Franklin 3-3
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 28, Miguel Batista 5, Eduardo Sanchez 4, Fernando Salas 6, Ryan Franklin 10
Game Information
Attendance - 35775
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike DiMuro