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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Carpenter has no explanation for the sudden turn of events, other than a little bit of luck and a lot of aggression.
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"I wasn't as sharp as I was, for some reason, for the first three innings and it just kind of fell apart," Cain said. "I don't know that they changed anything. I just started making some bad pitches and they put good swings together."
"He was great the first time through the order and then I thought we did a good job the second time being aggressive," Carpenter said. "Guys were battling up there and things started to roll for us and a couple of balls fell in. We did a good job of swinging at good pitches."
According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the team, Cain was the first Giants pitcher to give up so many runs in a single inning since John Cronin on Sept. 27, 1902, in the second game of New York's doubleheader against Brooklyn.
"It's one of those innings we couldn't stop the bleeding and the game got out of hand there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I can't say there was anything different he was doing. They just threw out some pretty good at-bats."
Adam Wainwright (1-1) pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits for his first win since signing a rich new contract at the end of spring training. He struck out six and walked none.
"Pitching against Matt you have to take that 0-0 mentality," Wainwright said. "I cracked first and I thought I had to keep it there for us to have a chance. Our offense did an amazing job. Against a pitcher like that you never expect anything like that."
Cain pitched a perfect game last year and helped the Giants win their second title in three seasons. The pregame ceremony included the presentation of rings to Giants Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marchial and Gaylord Perry.
Cain retired the first nine batters, then gave up seven hits while getting just two outs in the fourth. Beltran, Carpenter and Matt Adams each drove in two runs during the outburst. Cain left after Carpenter's two-run single.
"I don't know what it is, every at-bat has been tough against him," said Carpenter, who is 6 for 7 lifetime against Cain. "All I can say he comes at me, gets ahead and I have to fight back into the count. He's as good as there is in the league."
Back in 2008, the Cardinals scored nine runs against Cain spread out over 3 2/3 innings.
Adams finished with three hits, including a two-run double in the fourth.
"I can't get over the two-strike, two-out hits we were putting together," Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny said. "If you're looking for a kind of offense, that's what we can be. It was a nice run there."
The Giants gave up their most runs in an inning since 2004 when Cincinnati scored 10 in the eighth.
The Cardinals' team record is 12 in an inning, accomplished last July.
|Matt Cain becomes the first Giants pitcher to allow nine runs in an inning since 1902. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||5||3||2||2||1||0||0||.241|
|Matt Carpenter, 2B||5||3||3||3||0||2||0||.320|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Joe Kelly, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Allen Craig, LF||3||0||1||2||0||0||0||.259|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||3||1||1||2||1||0||0||.235|
|Shane Robinson, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.400|
|Yadier Molina, C-1B||5||2||2||0||0||1||2||.240|
|Matt Adams, 1B||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.600|
|a- Tony Cruz, PH-C||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B||5||2||2||1||0||2||2||.250|
|Pete Kozma, SS||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.333|
|Adam Wainwright, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|b- Ryan Jackson, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a-walked for Adams in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Wainwright in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Carpenter (4, Lopez), Matt Adams (1, Cain)|
|3B - Jon Jay (1, Kontos)|
|SF - Allen Craig (1), Pete Kozma (1)|
|RBI - Jon Jay 2 (4), Matt Carpenter 3 (4), Allen Craig 2 (4), Carlos Beltran 2 (5), Matt Adams 2 (2), Ty Wigginton (1), Pete Kozma 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay 2 (2), Matt Carpenter 3 (3), Allen Craig (2), Carlos Beltran 2 (5)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adam Wainwright (W,1-1)||7||7||2||2||0||6||0||3.46|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 101-67, Marc Rzepczynski 7-5, Joe Kelly 18-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 10-4, Marc Rzepczynski 2-1, Joe Kelly 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 27, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Joe Kelly 6|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.333|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.087|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.318|
|Buster Posey, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.200|
|Hector Sanchez, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.071|
|Gregor Blanco, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Nick Noonan, PH-SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Kontos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Guillermo Quiroz, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|Matt Cain, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Mijares, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andres Torres, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.167|
|a-flied out for Gaudin in the 7th|
|b-singled for Kontos in the 9th|
|2B - Angel Pagan (1, Wainwright), Hunter Pence (1, Wainwright), Brandon Crawford (2, Wainwright)|
|3B - Angel Pagan (1, Wainwright)|
|SH - Matt Cain (1)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (3), Pablo Sandoval (5), Guillermo Quiroz (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval (4), Guillermo Quiroz (1)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Angel Pagan (1, Misplayed grounder), Pablo Sandoval (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Matt Cain (L,0-1)||3.2||7||9||9||2||2||0||8.38|
|HBP - Craig (by Jose Mijares)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 66-39, Jose Mijares 14-9, Chad Gaudin 33-27, Javier Lopez 23-14, George Kontos 26-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 2-7, Chad Gaudin 3-2, Javier Lopez 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Cain 20, Jose Mijares 4, Chad Gaudin 10, Javier Lopez 6, George Kontos 7|
|Attendance - 42201|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|