Game Report: Giants 6, Cardinals 2

The Cardinals did not have a baserunner for the final five innings Thursday night as Johnny Cueto retired the last 17 batters he faced and the Giants defeated the Cardinals in San Francisco.

The loss dropped the Cardinals 2 games behind the Giants in the wild-card standings and a game behind the Mets, who had the night off. The loss also clinched the NL Central for the Cubs, even though they lost to the Brewers. They have 16 games left in the regular-season.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: All of the Cardinals five hits and both of their runs came in the third and fourth innings. Randal Grichuk doubled and scored on a two-out single by Jedd Gyorko in the third and Grichuk had an RBI single in the fourth, the final hit of the night for the Cardinals, after Yadier Molina singled and went to third on a double by Jhonny Peralta … Gyorko’s hit was the first for the Cardinals with a runner in scoring position in their last five games, ending an 0-for-14 streak. It was only his 12th RBI that did not come on a home run.

On the mound:
Adam Wainwright took the loss, allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up a two-run homer to Hunter Pence in the first inning, and has now allowed 18 runs in the first inning in his 29 starts, an ERA of 5.59. It was only the second homer Wainwright has allowed in the first, the other coming on April 22 by Will Myers of the Padres. The Giants broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Cueto and an RBI single by Angel Pagan … The final two Giants runs scored in the seventh after Matt Bowman relieved Zach Duke.

Key stat: In his 16 road starts this season, Wainwright has allowed 61 earned runs in 89 1/3 innings, an ERA of 6.15. Fifteen of the 17 home runs opponents have hit against him have come on the road.

Of note: It was Posey’s second career four-hit game against the Cardinals, the other was on June 2, 2013 … Cueto pitched his second complete game against the Cardinals, the other coming when was with the Reds on July 4, 2011, when he lost 1-0 … It was the first nine-inning complete game against the Cardinals since Edinson Volquez did that when he was with the Pirates on July 10, 2014 … A split in this four-game series would give the Cardinals the edge in the season series against the Giants, meaning they would win a tiebreaker scenario … Alex Reyes was named the starter for the final game of the series on Sunday … Trevor Rosenthal was activated from the DL before the game.

Looking ahead:
Luke Weaver will get the start in the second game of the series Friday night while Matt Moore will pitch for the Giants.