Martinez pitches, hits Cardinals past Giants 3-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez found his rhythm early, both on the mound and at the plate.

It was another encouraging sign for the right-hander, who struggled through a rough May and wound up on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Martinez pitched seven effective innings for his third consecutive win and doubled in the Cardinals' first run in a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Saturday.

''You could tell he found something in the `pen that he carried right onto the mound in the first inning,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''That's a great place for him to be and he just kept building on it. Now it looks just like he was before he got hurt.''

Martinez missed 23 games while sidelined with a right lat strain and was only marginally effective upon his return. In his last three starts, however, Martinez has a 2.36 ERA while allowing five runs in 19 innings.

''Right now my arm is great so I don't have any pain in there,'' Martinez said. ''I have focus always and I believe in myself.''

Martinez allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts and did not walk a batter for the third time this season.

Kolton Wong had two hits and scored a run, disgruntled outfielder Dexter Fowler added a sacrifice fly and Francisco Pena singled in a run.

Martinez (6-4) was steady most of the afternoon and only allowed one runner past first base until the sixth inning. He got Brandon Belt to pop out with a runner on third in the first, stranded runners on base in the second and fourth and then got Brandon Crawford to ground out after Belt's RBI double in the sixth.

Jordan Hicks allowed a run in the eighth and Bud Norris retired three batters for his 17th save.

''The last outings I've had really good focus and I'm comfortable with myself,'' Martinez said. ''All my pitches are moving, and today I was trying to throw right in the middle because I've got a lot of movement on my two-seamer and my cutter.''

Belt had three hits and drove in both runs for the Giants. San Francisco has been held to two runs or fewer in five of its last six games.

Jeff Samardzija had an uneven outing in his first start since May 29. Activated off the disabled list before the game, Samardzija (1-5) gave up three runs in five innings and repeatedly pitched with runners on base.

''The mistakes aren't because of the arm,'' Samardzija said. ''They're just because of the execution of the pitch, and that's always a good thing.''

FOWLER'S FUNK

Fowler went 0-for-3 to drop his batting average to .168. Earlier this week, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak appeared to question Fowler's effort but later backed off those comments.

''That's a big run right there,'' Matheny said, adding that Fowler has been taking better at-bats. ''I know he's looking for results right now and the fact that we can get a run in, that's a result. But I know he's looking for some hits to fall in, just like everybody else.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Yadier Molina was given the day off after experiencing soreness in his right shoulder. LHP Tyler Lyons (elbow strain) began his rehab assignment and threw 13 pitches in one scoreless inning for Triple-A Memphis. Lyons has been out since June 6. RHP Luke Gregerson (shoulder impingement) threw nine pitches in a rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield.

Giants: 2B Joe Panik was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain he injured while running from first to third during Friday's game. Closer Hunter Strickland (broken hand) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. INF Chase d'Arnaud was called up from Triple-A Sacramento and RHP Chris Stratton was optioned down.

UP NEXT

Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-3, 2.58 ERA) pitches the series finale Sunday against Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty (3-4, 3.19). Bumgarner has lost five of his last six starts against St. Louis. Flaherty allowed five runs in four innings during his only career appearance against San Francisco in 2017.

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  • W: C. Martinez (6-4)L: J. Samardzija (1-5)S: B. Norris (17)
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M. Ozuna LF41100020.275.317.401.7181.0
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K. Wong 2B41200010.209.305.346.6504.5
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  • a-walked for Hicks in the 9th
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A. Hanson 2B41100001.272.303.522.8262.0
A. McCutchen RF40100011.258.342.420.7622.5
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B. Crawford SS40000003.300.365.482.8470.0
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A. Slater LF40100021.278.400.333.7330.0
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  • a-lined out for Samardzija in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Dyson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Martinez (2)
  • SF - D. Fowler (3)
  • RBI - D. Fowler (21), F. Pena (7), C. Martinez (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Pena (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Belt (15)
  • RBI - B. Belt 2 (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt 2 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. McCutchen (7)
FIELDING
  • E - F. Pena
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 6-4)7.06110303.051.3825.5
J. Hicks (H, 12)1.02110102.561.070.5
B. Norris (S, 17)1.00000102.870.9310.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 6-4)7.0
J. Hicks (H, 12)1.0
B. Norris (S, 17)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija (L, 1-5)5.07331306.421.670.5
D. Holland1.00001004.351.372.0
S. Dyson1.00000103.121.093.5
C. Gearrin1.00000204.201.534.0
M. Melancon1.00001103.001.422.5
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Hicks (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 100-70, J. Hicks 25-13, B. Norris 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 8-10, J. Hicks 2-0, B. Norris 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 27, J. Hicks 5, B. Norris 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 81-53, D. Holland 21-14, S. Dyson 10-6, C. Gearrin 11-9, M. Melancon 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 3-9, D. Holland 2-1, S. Dyson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 23, D. Holland 4, S. Dyson 3, C. Gearrin 3, M. Melancon 4
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J. Martinez 1B40100010.291.356.478.8350.5
J. Gyorko 3B00000000.257.316.433.7490.0
M. Ozuna LF41100020.275.317.401.7181.0
P. DeJong SS41100012.261.348.465.8131.5
D. Fowler RF30010000.168.271.273.5431.0
K. Wong 2B41200010.209.305.346.6504.5
F. Pena C30110101.211.248.295.5423.0
C. Martinez P30110003.241.233.414.6473.0
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Hicks in the 9th
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A. Hanson 2B41100001.272.303.522.8262.0
A. McCutchen RF40100011.258.342.420.7622.5
B. Belt 1B40320001.296.387.504.8906.0
B. Crawford SS40000003.300.365.482.8470.0
P. Sandoval 3B40000001.247.312.392.7050.0
N. Hundley C40100000.261.306.500.8061.0
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  • a-lined out for Samardzija in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Dyson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Martinez (2)
  • SF - D. Fowler (3)
  • RBI - D. Fowler (21), F. Pena (7), C. Martinez (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Pena (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Belt (15)
  • RBI - B. Belt 2 (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt 2 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. McCutchen (7)
FIELDING
  • E - F. Pena
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 6-4)7.06110303.051.3825.5
J. Hicks (H, 12)1.02110102.561.070.5
B. Norris (S, 17)1.00000102.870.9310.5
Total9.0822050---
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 6-4)7.0
J. Hicks (H, 12)1.0
B. Norris (S, 17)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija (L, 1-5)5.07331306.421.670.5
D. Holland1.00001004.351.372.0
S. Dyson1.00000103.121.093.5
C. Gearrin1.00000204.201.534.0
M. Melancon1.00001103.001.422.5
Total9.0733370---
PITCHERSIP
J. Samardzija (L, 1-5)5.0
D. Holland1.0
S. Dyson1.0
C. Gearrin1.0
M. Melancon1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Hicks (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 100-70, J. Hicks 25-13, B. Norris 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 8-10, J. Hicks 2-0, B. Norris 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 27, J. Hicks 5, B. Norris 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 81-53, D. Holland 21-14, S. Dyson 10-6, C. Gearrin 11-9, M. Melancon 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 3-9, D. Holland 2-1, S. Dyson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 23, D. Holland 4, S. Dyson 3, C. Gearrin 3, M. Melancon 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Belt singled to shallow center, Hanson scored32
  • 6TH INNING
    Belt doubled to deep right, Hernandez scored31
  • 4TH INNING
    Pena singled to shallow right, DeJong scored, Wong to third30
    Fowler hit sacrifice fly to left, Ozuna scored20
  • 3RD INNING
    Martinez doubled to shallow left, Wong scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Mark Melancon relieved Cory Gearrin
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • F. Pena: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pena lined out to second
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Jordan Hicks
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Munoz walked
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Carpenter lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bud Norris pitching
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Sandoval grounded out to second
    • N. Hundley: Hundley grounded out to second
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Cory Gearrin pitching
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Fowler lined out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jordan Hicks relieved Carlos Martinez
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hanson reached on an infield single to second
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Hanson to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCutchen struck out looking
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Belt singled to shallow center, Hanson scored
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Sam Dyson relieved Derek Holland
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter flied out to right
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jedd Gyorko at third base
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sandoval grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Hundley flied out to right
    • A. Slater: Foul, Slater singled to shallow right
    • Austin Jackson hit for Sam Dyson
    • A. Jackson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Derek Holland pitching
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler lined out to second
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wong grounded out to first
    • F. Pena: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pena walked
    • C. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Pena out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Hanson flied out to left
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop, Hernandez to second
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Belt doubled to deep right, Hernandez scored
    • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep center
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pham walked
    • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Martinez singled to shallow center, Pham to second
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop, Pham to third, Martinez to second
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Hundley grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Slater: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • Hunter Pence hit for Jeff Samardzija
    • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pence lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez lined out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna singled to left
    • P. DeJong: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, DeJong singled to shallow right, Ozuna to third
    • D. Fowler: Fowler hit sacrifice fly to left, Ozuna scored
    • K. Wong: Pickoff attempt, Wong reached on bunt single to pitcher, DeJong to second
    • F. Pena: Foul, Foul, Pena singled to shallow right, DeJong scored, Wong to third
    • C. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to third
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Belt singled to right
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Crawford flied out to right
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Sandoval popped out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wong singled to left
    • F. Pena: Ball, Wong stole second, Ball, Pena grounded out to shortstop, Wong to third
    • C. Martinez: Martinez doubled to shallow left, Wong scored
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • J. Samardzija: Strike swinging, Samardzija grounded out to second
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • A. Hanson: Strike swinging, Hanson flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong popped out to shortstop
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler popped out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Crawford lined out to center
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Sandoval flied out to deep right
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hundley singled to shallow center
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Slater grounded into fielder's choice to second, Hundley out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to deep center
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez fouled out to third
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hanson grounded out to first
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen singled to shallow right
    • B. Belt: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen stole second, McCutchen to third on catcher Pena fielding error, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Belt popped out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)