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Huff goes yard three times for six RBI against Cards

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ST. LOUIS -- The San Francisco Giants' top RBI man finally acted like him again

Aubrey Huff hit three home runs and matched his career best with six RBI, and the San Francisco Giants hammered a pair of rookie pitchers making their major league debut in a 12-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

"It's a tremendous day," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a day he'll never forget and a big day for us."

Huff, who entered batting .219, hit two-run homers in the fourth and ninth innings and a solo shot in the seventh for his first three-homer game. He also had an RBI single in the sixth. Huff raised his average 14 points while leading the surge for the Giants, who set a season high for runs.

"When Huffie gets going, he can carry the team. He did it last year," said Freddy Sanchez, who had a homer and four RBI. "He's getting that confidence back and his swing is back.

"I don't think it's any coincidence that he's getting it going and we're getting going."

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Huff has four homers and seven RBI the last two games after totaling four RBI the previous 16 games.

Colby Rasmus hit his second career grand slam and had a career-best six RBI to help make it a contest for the Cardinals, who dropped three of four at home to the Giants for the first time since June 30-July 3, 2003. Albert Pujols had two hits, a steal and scored twice.

"He's got a ton of talent," manager Tony La Russa said of Rasmus. "The more at-bats, the more consistent he'll be."

But Rasmus misplayed a leadoff double by pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to open the Giants' three-run sixth, drifting to his right on a ball in the gap that bounced off the warning track and into the stands.

"I kind of gave up on it there a little bit," Rasmus said. "I ain't going to blame it on anything, I just missed the play."

The NL Central-leading Cardinals had been 13-1-1 in their previous 15 series since dropping two of three at San Francisco from April 8-10, leaving town with a 3-6 record.

Triple-A callup Lance Lynn (0-1) needed 56 pitches to get through five innings while working on three days' rest, but retired only one of four hitters to start the Giants' sixth. Double-A reinforcement Mikail Cleto hit 98 mph several times on the stadium radar gun in the seventh but walked the first two hitters and surrendered back-to-back homers to Freddy Sanchez and Huff in a five-run inning that made it 10-3.

"There wasn't anything in Lynn's stuff to say he was pitching on short rest," La Russa said. "I mean, the situation was difficult. It would be difficult for anybody who would have pitched in the big leagues."

Lynn said he wasn't tired, just made some poor pitches starting with Jonathan Sanchez's leadoff double.

"I felt good," Lynn said. "I need to keep pushing and fighting to get deeper into games."

La Russa slotted Lynn ahead of Jaime Garcia in the rotation, giving the left-hander an extra day to get over a poor outing in which he surrendered 12 runs in 3 1/3 innings in Colorado. The move also set up Garcia, Kyle Lohse and Chris Carpenter to face the Cubs in a weekend series starting Friday, but left the Cardinals short in the finale against the Giants.

La Russa was out to the mound for a pep talk with Cleto before Huff finished rounding the bases on his seventh homer of the season.

Jonathan Sanchez (4-3) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, surviving a season-high six walks. Freddy Sanchez had a season high for RBI with a three-run homer in the seventh and a run-scoring groundout in the sixth.

The Giants entered the night with the second-lowest run total in the National League and are minus two big bats with catcher Buster Posey out for the season and Pablo Sandoval about to begin a rehab assignment from wrist surgery.

"Our numbers were so low it was a matter of time before these guys would get it going," Bochy said. "We're getting more consistent quality ABs, and I'm a firm believer that the more opportunities you create, the more times you're going to score."

Rasmus' two-run triple put the Cardinals ahead 3-0 in the third, and his grand slam came in the seventh against Guillermo Mota, who has allowed at least one run in his last five appearances with a total of eight runs given up. Hitters are 11 for 23 against him during that stretch.

Notes

  • Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot singled in the second and has a career-best, 16-game hitting streak, the longest current run in the majors.
  • Bochy doesn't think injured 2B Mark DeRosa (wrist) is close to returning, adding, "He says he doesn't feel anything, which shocks me."
  • Huff has 13 career multihomer games.
  • Bochy said rookie first baseman Brandon Belt (wrist), who missed two games after being hit by a pitch on Tuesday, will take swings Friday and could return to the lineup then.
 
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Aubrey Huff caps his big hitting night with a two-run homer in the ninth inning for San Francisco. (AP)
Aubrey Huff caps his big hitting night with a two-run homer in the ninth inning for San Francisco. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

A. Huff
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 3
RBI 6
St. Louis

C. Rasmus
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 6
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF5332000 .269
Miguel Tejada, 3B4110012 .211
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5214012 .296
Aubrey Huff, 1B5346000 .233
Nate Schierholtz, RF5000011 .261
Cody Ross, LF4010030 .267
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS4000022 .273
Eli Whiteside, C3100100 .188
Jonathan Sanchez, P2110000 .261
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   a- Pat Burrell, PH0100100 .229
    Aaron Rowand, LF1000010 .245
Totals3812111229  
a-walked for Casilla in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (11, Cleto), Cody Ross (6, Miller), Jonathan Sanchez (4, Lynn)
HR - Freddy Sanchez (3, Cleto), Aubrey Huff 3 (8, Lynn, Cleto, Tallet)
RBI - Andres Torres 2 (11), Freddy Sanchez 4 (22), Aubrey Huff 6 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff 4 (12)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Crawford-F. Sanchez-Huff
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez (W,4-3) 5.1433610 3.50
Santiago Casilla (H,1) 0.2100000 2.45
Guillermo Mota 1344111 4.39
Jeremy Affeldt (S,1) 2200110 4.91
IBB - Cruz by Jonathan Sanchez
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 103-56, Santiago Casilla 3-2, Guillermo Mota 21-16, Jeremy Affeldt 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 8-7, Santiago Casilla 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 4-1
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 26, Santiago Casilla 2, Guillermo Mota 7, Jeremy Affeldt 9
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Theriot, SS4010001 .302
    Maikel Cleto, P0000000 .000
   a- Jake Westbrook, PH1000010 .105
    Brian Tallet, P0000000 .000
Jon Jay, RF5010012 .336
Albert Pujols, 1B5220001 .265
Allen Craig, LF3221200 .347
Yadier Molina, C1100200 .318
   b- Daniel Descalso, PH-3B2110000 .245
Colby Rasmus, CF5126003 .279
Tyler Greene, 2B-SS3000201 .222
Tony Cruz, 3B-C4000113 .357
Lance Lynn, P1000102 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   c- Pete Kozma, PH0000000 .125
   d- Skip Schumaker, PH-2B2010000 .222
Totals36710783  
a-struck out for Cleto in the 8th
b-singled for Molina in the 7th
c-announced for Miller in the 6th
d-singled for Kozma in the 6th
Batting
2B - Allen Craig (8, Sanchez)
3B - Colby Rasmus (6, Sanchez)
HR - Colby Rasmus (5, Mota)
RBI - Allen Craig (22), Colby Rasmus 6 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig (10)
SB - Albert Pujols (5, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside), Tyler Greene (7, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 10
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (L,0-1) 5.1455051 8.44
Trever Miller 0.2200000 2.38
Maikel Cleto 2355232 22.50
Brian Tallet 1222011 6.48
HBP - Tejada (by Lance Lynn)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 64-42, Trever Miller 15-9, Maikel Cleto 50-29, Brian Tallet 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 4-7, Maikel Cleto 1-2, Brian Tallet 1-1
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 21, Trever Miller 4, Maikel Cleto 11, Brian Tallet 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34104
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Jim Reynolds