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Gaudin wins in rare start, Giants end road skid at seven

CBSSports.com wire reports
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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.

Brandon Belt hit a two-run pinch-hit double to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh. Buster Posey, who entered the game in a 2 for 20 skid, went 4 for 4 with two doubles to pace an 11-hit attack.

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).

Closer Sergio Romo recorded four outs for his 15th save in 17 opportunities. He got Freese to ground out with Allen Craig on first to end the game.

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."

Notes

  • St. Louis has used eight pitchers age 25 and younger this season including Lyons, 25.
  • The Cardinals will play host to Arizona in a four-game series beginning Monday. Lance Lynn (7-1, 2.91) will face Trevor Cahill (3-5, 2.88). The Giants have an off day Monday before hosting Toronto in a two-game set starting Tuesday. Tim Lincecum (3-5, 5.12) goes against Josh Johnson (0-1, 6.86). San Francisco OF Angel Pagan missed his eighth successive game with a strained left hamstring.
  • Giants IF Pablo Sandoval, who last played on Thursday, could be out as much as a week with a strain in his left foot.
  • St. Louis OF Jon Jay broke out of a 1-for-27 skid with a third-inning single.
  • St. Louis INF Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the third inning.
 
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Chad Gaudin gives the Giants a big lift by winning his first start since 2009 after 117 consecutive appearances as a reliever.  (USATSI)
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

B. Posey
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
St. Louis

D. Freese
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, LF3010111 .276
Marco Scutaro, 2B4000003 .329
Buster Posey, C4140000 .308
Hunter Pence, RF4021001 .292
Brett Pill, 1B4000026 .167
Joaquin Arias, 3B4110001 .224
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS4120000 .291
Gregor Blanco, CF3100100 .255
Chad Gaudin, P2000010 .000
   a- Brandon Belt, PH1012000 .250
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Nick Noonan, 3B1000000 .211
Totals34411324  
a-doubled for Gaudin in the 7th
Batting
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
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Gaudin (W,1-1) 6422051 2.21
Jeremy Affeldt (H,8) 1.2100000 1.93
Sergio Romo (S,15) 1.1100010 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
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4020000 .313
Yadier Molina, C2000002 .347
    Tony Cruz, C2000021 .190
Matt Holliday, LF4000010 .244
Allen Craig, RF4120000 .314
Matt Adams, 1B4000012 .322
David Freese, 3B4112011 .256
Jon Jay, CF3010000 .246
Pete Kozma, SS3000001 .260
Tyler Lyons, P2000011 .200
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
    Victor Marte, P0000000 .000
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1000000 .200
    Keith Butler, P0000000 .000
Totals3326206  
a-lined out for Marte in the 8th
Batting
HR - David Freese (3, Gaudin)
RBI - David Freese 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - David Freese 2 (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams, Freese-M. Carpenter-Adams, Kozma-M. Carpenter-Adams, Kozma-M. Carpenter-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Lyons (L,2-1) 6.1844230 2.66
Randy Choate0100000 0.96
Seth Maness 0.2000000 2.08
Victor Marte 1200010 4.50
Keith Butler 1000000 0.00
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
Game Information
Attendance - 43817
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Scott Barry