Longoria's late home run lifts Giants past Cardinals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Evan Longoria blamed himself for being overly aggressive in his first two at-bats against St. Louis pitcher Jack Flaherty, a byproduct of the spacious field at Oracle Park and Flaherty's dominance early on.

The third time around, San Francisco's slugging third baseman slowed down just enough to catch up to one of the few mistakes Flaherty made.

Longoria homered with one out in the seventh inning to break up Flaherty's bid for a no-hitter, and the Giants held on to beat the Cardinals 1-0 on Sunday.

''This ballpark has a tendency to make you feel like you have to add a little bit and be a little bit more perfect,'' Longoria said after his fifth home run in seven days. ''I was more focused on trying to get on base any way I can. Any guy will tell you it's better off that way. Home runs are usually accidents.''

The Giants managed only one baserunner against Flaherty until Longoria drove an 0-1 pitch into the left field stands. It's Longoria's 12th of the season and fifth in July. He hit four during a three-game series in San Diego earlier in the week.

San Francisco won for the seventh time in nine games despite getting only two hits off Flaherty. Alex Dickerson followed Longoria's drive with a bloop single to left that glanced off the glove of All-Star shortstop Paul DeJong.

''You're just hoping somebody gets a mistake, and that's what happened,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''That's a great game for us and a great way to end the first half.''

Flaherty was masterful before Longoria's home run. The 23-year-old retired his first 12 batters before walking Alex Dickerson leading off the fifth. He struck out two of the next three and got Kevin Pillar to foul out.

But the Cardinals couldn't muster much offensively and Flaherty became the latest St. Louis pitcher to come up short in a no-hit bid. Adam Wainwright twice had no-hitters broken up in the sixth inning this season, against Cincinnati on April 13 and the Cubs on June 2.

Flaherty (4-6) struck out six and allowed two hits in seven innings.

''That pitch was a mistake,'' Flaherty said. ''The wind is crazy here and he didn't miss it. We go out and crush two balls that inning before it and we just hit it to the wrong part of the park.''

Jeff Samardzija (6-7) pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed four hits to beat the Cardinals for the first time in four career starts at Oracle Park.

Samardzija took a no-hitter into the fifth, pitched out of a jam in the sixth after allowing a one-out double, then got Matt Wieters to fly out with two on and two out in the seventh.

Sam Dyson retired three batters. All-Star closer Will Smith pitched the ninth and is 23-for-23 in save opportunities.

Yairo Munoz had two hits for St. Louis. The Cardinals finished 4-5 on their road trip and head into the All-Star break two games behind first-place Chicago in the NL Central.

DIVING DEFENSE

Pillar had a pair of defensive gems in center field on back-to-back plays in the seventh inning. Pillar made a spectacular diving catch to take away a hit from Paul Goldschmidt in right-center, then ran down Dexter Fowler's deep fly at the warning track. The crowd at Oracle Park gave Pillar a standing ovation after each catch.

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''The kid's going to do well. He's going to make a ton of money in this game if he keeps doing what he's doing. That was rather impressive to watch.'' Samardzija, talking about Flaherty's future.

TRAINERS ROOM

Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong was held out with left calf tightness. He's expected to be back in the lineup after the All-Star break.

Giants: Madison Bumgarner was still sore a day after getting hit near his left elbow by a 98 mph line drive but thankful the situation wasn't worse. Barring a setback, the plan is to have Bumgarner throw a bullpen Thursday then start Saturday in Milwaukee. . Stephen Vogt had X-rays taken on his left knee after the veteran catcher was hit by a foul ball. ... Catcher Buster Posey and SS Brandon Crawford were rested. . RHP Tyler Beede will throw a bullpen with Double-A Richmond and could start for the Giants next Sunday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Wainwright (5-7, 4.31 ERA) will face Arizona on Friday in St. Louis. Wainwright's eight career wins against the Diamondbacks are the most by any Cardinals pitcher.

Giants: RHP Shaun Anderson (3-2, 4.23) makes his first appearance against the Brewers on Friday in Milwaukee. Anderson allowed four runs in four innings of his most recent start and has one win since June 12.

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  • W: J. Samardzija (6-7)L: J. Flaherty (4-6)S: W. Smith (23)
  • HR: SF - E. Longoria (12)
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    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Flaherty (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez 2 (2), M. Wieters 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • HR - E. Longoria (12)
    • RBI - E. Longoria (37)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Pillar, A. Slater
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Edman (3), Y. Munoz (4)
    • CS - P. DeJong (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Munoz-Edman-Goldschmidt)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Solano-Panik-Belt)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
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    J. Gant1.00001102.220.922.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Flaherty (L, 4-6)7.0
    J. Gant1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Samardzija (W, 6-7)7.04000204.011.2128.0
    S. Dyson (H, 14)1.01000302.300.883.5
    W. Smith (S, 23)1.01000001.980.809.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Samardzija (W, 6-7)7.0
    S. Dyson (H, 14)1.0
    W. Smith (S, 23)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 83-58, J. Gant 13-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-11, J. Gant 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 24, J. Gant 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Samardzija (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 96-61, S. Dyson 17-13, W. Smith 7-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 7-11, W. Smith 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 25, S. Dyson 4, W. Smith 3
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    P. DeJong SS30100000.258.343.442.7861.0
    P. Goldschmidt 1B40100001.254.343.426.7691.0
    D. Fowler RF40000012.254.357.429.786-0.5
    Y. Munoz 3B30200000.307.322.386.7094.0
    M. Wieters C30000013.220.270.427.696-0.5
    H. Bader CF30000010.205.316.359.675-0.5
    J. Flaherty P20100000.167.231.250.4812.0
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    • a-struck out for Flaherty in the 8th
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    J. Panik 2B30000000.228.305.314.6190.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Flaherty (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez 2 (2), M. Wieters 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Longoria (12)
      • RBI - E. Longoria (37)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Pillar, A. Slater
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Edman (3), Y. Munoz (4)
      • CS - P. DeJong (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Munoz-Edman-Goldschmidt)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Solano-Panik-Belt)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty (L, 4-6)7.02111614.641.2318.0
      J. Gant1.00001102.220.922.5
      Total8.0211271---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty (L, 4-6)7.0
      J. Gant1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Samardzija (W, 6-7)7.04000204.011.2128.0
      S. Dyson (H, 14)1.01000302.300.883.5
      W. Smith (S, 23)1.01000001.980.809.0
      Total9.0600050---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Samardzija (W, 6-7)7.0
      S. Dyson (H, 14)1.0
      W. Smith (S, 23)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 83-58, J. Gant 13-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-11, J. Gant 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 24, J. Gant 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Samardzija (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 96-61, S. Dyson 17-13, W. Smith 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 7-11, W. Smith 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 25, S. Dyson 4, W. Smith 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Longoria homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Will Smith relieved Sam Dyson
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Ball, DeJong lined out to center
        • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt singled to center
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Fowler grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Goldschmidt out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Sam Dyson pitching
        • Buster Posey catching
        • H. Bader: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • Tyler O'Neill hit for Jack Flaherty
        • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, O'Neill struck out looking
        • T. Edman: Foul, Ball, Edman reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Edman stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • John Gant pitching
        • A. Slater: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
        • D. Solano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Solano walked
        • B. Posey: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Posey grounded into double play third to second to first, Solano out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong singled to left center
        • P. Goldschmidt: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Goldschmidt flied out to deep center
        • D. Fowler: Pickoff attempt, Fowler flied out to deep center
        • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Munoz singled to left, DeJong to second
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wieters lined out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Panik grounded out to second
        • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Longoria homered to left
        • A. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson singled to shallow left center
        • S. Vogt: Ball, Foul, Foul, Vogt flied out to shallow right
        • K. Pillar: Pillar lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • H. Bader: Foul, Bader grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Flaherty doubled to left center
        • T. Edman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Edman lined out to left, Flaherty to third
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • D. Solano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Solano lined out to center
        • J. Samardzija: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Samardzija struck out swinging
        • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Belt flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt popped out to first
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
        • Y. Munoz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Munoz singled to center
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Munoz stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Wieters struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • A. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
        • S. Vogt: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Vogt struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pillar fouled out to first
        • A. Slater: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Slater struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • T. Edman: Strike looking, Edman flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Martinez flied out to deep center
        • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • B. Belt: Foul, Foul, Belt lined out to center
        • J. Panik: Panik lined out to right
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Longoria flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wieters grounded out to first
        • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bader lined out to left
        • J. Flaherty: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • A. Slater: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Slater grounded out to third
        • D. Solano: Strike looking, Solano flied out to shallow right
        • J. Samardzija: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Samardzija struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt flied out to right
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler flied out to deep center
        • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Munoz grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • A. Dickerson: Dickerson popped out to shortstop
        • S. Vogt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vogt grounded out to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • T. Edman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Edman lined out to right
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez grounded out to third
        • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, DeJong hit by pitch
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong caught stealing second, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Belt flied out to deep center
        • J. Panik: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Panik grounded out to first
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)