San Francisco at St. Louis

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San Francisco (37-20) «4021010008140
St. Louis (30-27)000000000041

Giants 8, Cardinals 0

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ST. LOUIS -- Tim Hudson still refuses to take credit for his quick start to the season.

''There comes a lot of luck with it,'' he said. ''I'm just throwing the ball and missing [bat] barrels.''

The San Francisco right-hander threw seven shutout innings and Joaquin Arias keyed a four-run first inning with a two-run single to lead the Giants to an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

The Giants have won five of six and have the best record in the NL at 37-20.

St. Louis has lost four of five. The Cardinals managed just four hits.

Hudson (6-2) gave up three hits, struck out six, and walked two in improving to 4-4 against St. Louis. Hudson's previous win against the Cardinals came on July 19, 2007, as a member of the Atlanta Braves. He retired the last 11 batters he faced on Sunday.

The 38-year-old has a 1.75 ERA, second in the NL, and has gone at least seven innings in nine of 11 starts.

Hudson missed the final two months of last season with a fractured ankle, but has rebounded with one of the best starts of his 14-year career.

Hudson took control early after his teammates gave him four early runs.

''Great job,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. ''You go seven innings and no runs against this club, you're doing something.''

Catcher Buster Posey said Hudson simply keeps rolling along.

''Nothing fancy, he just goes out there and pitches to contact, like he always does,'' Posey said. ''He's smart and he knows how to attack the hitters.

Hudson said he was able to relax after the early run support.

''I just went out there and tried to pound the strike zone,'' he said. ''A starting pitcher always welcomes early runs. It makes our job a whole lot easier.''

Arias came through with a key hit. He got the start after Michael Morse fouled a ball off his left foot in batting practice. In his second start in the past 24 games, Arias went 3 for 4 with three RBI. He broke out of a 0-for-14 skid with a bases-loaded single in the first.

''He stays ready and he's got a lot of poise,'' Bochy said. ''He really needed a game like this.''

Morse is expected back in the lineup on Tuesday when the Giants play at Cincinnati, according to Bochy.

Posey had three hits in returning to the lineup after missing three games with tightness in his lower back.

''I feel pretty good,'' Posey said. ''Hopefully, it is something I can manage.''

Lance Lynn (6-3) gave up seven runs, four earned, and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings after posting his first career shutout on Tuesday against the York Yankees.

''One of those days where that will happen,'' Lynn said. ''A tough one.''

Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence and Posey singled to start the four-run first. Posey's RBI hit came on Lynn's 10th pitch.

Gregor Blanco reached on an error by Kolten Wong and Pence scored on a groundout by Brandon Crawford. Brandon Hicks walked to set the stage for Arias' bases-loaded single.

The error, on a potential double play ball, led to three unearned runs.

''If an out is made there,'' Lynn said. ''We are out of the inning with one run.''

Arias pushed the lead to 5-0 with a run-scoring single in the third. Crawford added an RBI double in the fourth. Blanco brought in the final run with a triple in the sixth.

''You're just going to have those days,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''We just couldn't get anything going.''

St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a first-inning single. It is the longest current streak in the NL.

Notes

Former University of Missouri men's basketball coach Norm Stewart threw out the first pitch. ... The Giants finished May with an NL-best 19-9 record. ... St. Louis OF Matt Holliday walked in the third inning and has reached safely in all 28 home games. ... St. Louis rookie OF Oscar Taveras singled in the second and has hit safely in both of his starts. ... San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double in the second inning.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

T. Hudson
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5121000 .327
   Juan Perez, RF1000002 .048
Hunter Pence, RF5110022 .284
   Tyler Colvin, LF1000002 .260
Buster Posey, C5231000 .264
   Hector Sanchez, C0000000 .227
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4110103 .251
   Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   David Huff, P0000000 .333
Gregor Blanco, LF-CF4021112 .238
Brandon Crawford, SS4212102 .236
Brandon Hicks, 2B3100223 .178
Joaquin Arias, 1B4033112 .174
Tim Hudson, P4000005 .080
   Ehire Adrianza, 3B1010000 .163
Totals41814866  
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (11, Lynn), Brandon Crawford (10, Martinez)
3B - Gregor Blanco (3, Martinez)
RBI - Angel Pagan (17), Buster Posey (26), Gregor Blanco (10), Brandon Crawford 2 (26), Joaquin Arias 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Joaquin Arias 2 (4)
Team LOB - 12
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,6-2) 7300260 1.75
Javier Lopez 1100000 1.54
David Huff 1000000 6.87
WP - Tim Hudson (2)
HBP - Craig (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 101-64, Javier Lopez 12-10, David Huff 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 8-7, Javier Lopez 2-1, David Huff 3-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Javier Lopez 4, David Huff 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B3020000 .291
   a-Peter Bourjos, PH1000000 .202
   Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
Kolten Wong, 2B4010012 .268
Matt Holliday, LF2000101 .270
   Randal Grichuk, LF1000001 .154
Allen Craig, 1B2000001 .252
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   b-Daniel Descalso, PH-3B1000001 .170
Oscar Taveras, RF4010003 .286
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000011 .232
Jon Jay, CF3000101 .281
Tony Cruz, C3000022 .241
Lance Lynn, P1000000 .043
   Carlos Martinez, P1000011 .000
   Mark Ellis, 1B1000010 .169
Totals3104026  
a-grounded out for M. Carpenter in the 8th
b-grounded out for Maness in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (14, Hudson)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - M. Carpenter-Wong-Ellis
E - Kolten Wong (4, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (L,6-3) 3.1874420 3.48
Carlos Martinez 2.2211140 4.70
Seth Maness 2300000 2.92
Jason Motte 1100100 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 88-46, Carlos Martinez 47-28, Seth Maness 27-17, Jason Motte 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 3-6, Carlos Martinez 2-2, Seth Maness 3-2, Jason Motte 2-1
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 23, Carlos Martinez 11, Seth Maness 8, Jason Motte 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42734
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Marcus Pattillo