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Cardinals Come Alive Late for 4-3 Win

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The Cardinals (33-23) never quit on a day of more troubling news involving a key player as they gutted out a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants (29-25) on Tuesday night. Ace Chris Carpenter did not get his first home win, but instead, Ryan Franklin earned his first victory since July 30, 2010.

The Redbirds were able to even up the four-game series with a brilliant surge of offense in the eighth inning after being kept at bay for majority of the night.

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Manager Tony LaRussa was happy with the results:

Jon Jay, Albert Pujols, and Allen Craig would all hit doubles to tie the game 3-3. After Craig advanced to third and Yadier Molina was intentionally walked, Skip Schumaker out-hustled the Giants defense to deliver the game-winning run with an infield single.  Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez made a great play by not allowing the ball to leave the infield on Schumaker’s hit, but did not know who to throw to when pitcher Javier Lopez, who picked up the loss, and first baseman Brandon Belt both covered the bag as Schumaker dove in safe.

Following the game, Schumaker talked about the clutch play:

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Carpenter (1-5, 4.52), who cannot buy a win, snapped a three-game losing streak. More importantly, the Cardinals were able to win the game, and that is just the third time the club has won when Carpenter starts. He went 5.0 innings, struck out 8, and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Carpenter was very pleased with the eventual outcome:

The Giants were the first to score for the second consecutive night. They were able to manufacture a run in the second inning as their starting pitcher, Ryan Vogelsong, would bring in a run on a ground out to help his own cause. They would score more runs in the fifth and seventh.

San Francisco appeared to be en route to their second victory in a row until the Cardinals bats woke up. Their starter, Ryan Vogelsong (3-1, 1.77), was tough in his 5.0 innings of work. He allowed one run on 6 hits and 2 walks.

The Giants bullpen, which has gone 15-7 with a 3.86 ERA and an opponent batting average of .237, dropped the ball on Tuesday night. Skip Schumaker even mentioned how tough their relievers have been:

Fernando Salas earned his tenth save to secure the comeback win. For Salas, that was his sixth save in as many appearances since May 19. In the month of May, Fernando Salas was very solid picking up 8 saves, one hold, and no blown saves.

NOTES…The Cardinals finish the month of May with a record of 17-12 and a home record of 9-4…Ryan Theriot extended his 14-game hitting streak, which is a team best, in the fifth inning with a single…Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will make his fifth career start at Busch Stadium on Wednesday…The broadcast for the Charter Communications Pregame Show on KMOX 1120 AM will begin at 6:20pm.

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