The loss split the series between the two, but it was enough for the Giants to pick up a half-game on second place Los Angeles Dodgers.
the Cardinals scored early Thursday. In the first inning Carlos Beltran hit a two run, home run that ended up being enough to give his team the victory. Beltran sent the shot 390 feet to left field. After the home run however, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner seemed to settle down and pitched the next five innings effectively. He allowed a sacrifice fly in his last inning of work.
In relief, the bullpen was once again reliable. Three pitchers were used out of the pen, but Brad Penny got the bulk of the work. He came in the seventh and worked it perfectly. He then retired the first batter in the eighth before giving up a double and getting pulled. Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla came in to work out of the jam.
The Giants scored their only run in the top of the fifth. It also was a sacrifice fly. Marco Scutaro flied out but scored Joaquin Arias that cut their deficit in half at the time. The Giants were unable to muster up any further offense.
The Giants will make their way back home and and play the Colorado Rockies for a second time in two weeks. The last time these two met San Francisco swept the series outscoring the Rockies 35-13.