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|St. Louis (37-19)||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||6||0|
ST. LOUIS -- Chad Gaudin found himself in an unfamiliar position Sunday afternoon.
The San Francisco right-hander took the mound to start a game for the first time in over three years and tossed six strong innings to lead the Giants to a 4-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, ending the Giants' seven-game road skid.
Gaudin (1-1), in his first start since Sept. 28, 2009, as a member of the New York Yankees, allowed four hits and two runs, both coming on David Freese's homer in the fourth. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. Gaudin, who set the side down in order in four of six innings, is temporarily replacing Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation. Vogelsong broke several bones in his right hand May 20.
"It was nice," Gaudin said of the starting assignment, "I made a couple of minor league starts, but it was refreshing to get back out there and do that."
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Gaudin's performance came at a perfect time for his beleaguered staff.
"He gave us a huge shot in the arm," he said. "He went out there and threw quality strikes and actually went a little further than we ever thought."
Bochy said before the game that he was hoping to get four, maybe five innings from Gaudin.
Instead, Gaudin rolled through six on 79 pitches, 55 strikes. In his first start after 117 successive relief appearances, Gaudin earned his first victory since Oct. 2, 2012 when he was a reliever with the Miami Marlins.
"I wanted to go out there and give the team a chance to win and also give them some innings," Gaudin said. "I thought I was throwing aggressively and pitching with what I had."
The Giants offense, which had scored just seven runs in its previous six road games, gave Gaudin enough offensive support.
Belt slammed the first pitch from reliever Randy Choate into the gap in left-center to bring in Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco for a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning. Crawford began the rally with a single off St. Louis rookie Tyler Lyons (2-1).
San Francisco scored single runs in the second and third off Lyons. Posey and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back doubles in the third.
"I hit a couple balls hard that found a couple of holes," Posey said. "So now, it's just a matter of keeping on."
Posey raised his average 15 points to .308 with the four-hit effort.
Freese tied the game with his third home run of the season. He has hit safely in a career-tying 12 successive games.
"I'm seeing the baseball and trying to consistently hit the ball hard somewhere," he said. "It's all about the approach at the plate."
Lyons allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings in his third start. He allowed one run over seven innings in winning his two previous starts.
"I was inconsistent from the beginning," Lyons said. "I was fighting myself, just trying my best to eat up a few innings."
Despite the victory, the Giants have dropped six of their last eight..
"A much-needed win after yesterday," Bochy said.
St. Louis beat the Giants 8-0 and 7-1 in a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny and catcher Yadier Molina were ejected in the third inning by first base umpire Clint Fagan after Molina was called out on a close play at first. Molina slammed his helmet to the ground after the call and was immediately thrown out for the third time in his career. Matheny came out to protect Molina and was ejected for the third time as a manager.
"I know I was out," Molina said. "I was just upset with myself."
|Chad Gaudin gives the Giants a big lift by winning his first start since 2009 after 117 consecutive appearances as a reliever. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Andres Torres, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.276|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.329|
|Buster Posey, C||4||1||4||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.292|
|Brett Pill, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||6||.167|
|Joaquin Arias, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.224|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Gregor Blanco, CF||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.255|
|Chad Gaudin, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a- Brandon Belt, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.250|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nick Noonan, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.211|
|a-doubled for Gaudin in the 7th|
|2B - Buster Posey 2 (15, Lyons, Lyons), Hunter Pence (16, Lyons), Brandon Belt (13, Choate)|
|RBI - Hunter Pence (30), Brandon Belt 2 (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence (17)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Chad Gaudin (W,1-1)||6||4||2||2||0||5||1||2.21|
|Jeremy Affeldt (H,8)||1.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.93|
|Sergio Romo (S,15)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.70|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 79-55, Jeremy Affeldt 21-13, Sergio Romo 20-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 5-8, Jeremy Affeldt 3-2, Sergio Romo 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 22, Jeremy Affeldt 6, Sergio Romo 5|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Matt Carpenter, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Yadier Molina, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.347|
|Tony Cruz, C||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.190|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.244|
|Allen Craig, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.314|
|Matt Adams, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.322|
|David Freese, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.256|
|Jon Jay, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Pete Kozma, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.260|
|Tyler Lyons, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Seth Maness, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Victor Marte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ty Wigginton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Keith Butler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Marte in the 8th|
|HR - David Freese (3, Gaudin)|
|RBI - David Freese 2 (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Freese 2 (11)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams, Freese-M. Carpenter-Adams, Kozma-M. Carpenter-Adams, Kozma-M. Carpenter-Adams|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Tyler Lyons (L,2-1)||6.1||8||4||4||2||3||0||2.66|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Lyons 78-56, Randy Choate 3-2, Seth Maness 9-7, Victor Marte 13-10, Keith Butler 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Lyons 10-3, Seth Maness 1-1, Victor Marte 1-0, Keith Butler 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Tyler Lyons 26, Randy Choate 1, Seth Maness 2, Victor Marte 4, Keith Butler 3|
|Attendance - 43817|
|Game Time - 2:40|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Scott Barry|