Game Report: Giants 6, Cardinals 5

By Rob Rains

When the Cardinals’ bullpen blew a two-run lead in the seventh inning Friday night, Dexter Fowler had an answer –a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning.

When Seung Hwan Oh could not protect a one-run lead in the ninth, however, the answer never came.

The Giants scored all of their runs in the final three innings to earn the victory at Busch Stadium which ended when Fowler grounded into double play.

A couple of questionable ball-strike calls contributed to the Giants’ rally in the seventh and led to manager Mike Matheny’s ejection. He also appeared to bump home plate umpire Nic Lentz during the argument, which could lead to a suspension.

"I'm tired of watching it," said manager Mike Matheny. "The last game sort of the same situation. Mistaks are going to happen, we're all going to make them. In big situations we're going to get called out when we don't do our job and they need to do the same."

The Cardinals have now lost three consecutive games for the first time since they were swept by the Yankees in New York from April 14-16, which dropped their record to 3-9.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals took the 2-0 lead with single runs in the third and sixth. Fowler scored on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Pham after his triple in the third and in the sixth Jedd Gyorko tripled and scored on a double by Yadier Molina … A leadoff walk to Kolten Wong and jhonny Peralta’s first hit since April 10, a pinch-hit single, preceded Fowler’s homer in the seventh … It was the fourth time in Fowler’s career he hit a homer and triple in the same game, the first time he had done that since April 2, 2014, when he was with the Astros.

On the mound: Making his first start since May 7, Michael Wacha was in line for the win when he left with the 2-0 lead after the sixth inning, but the bullpen could not hold it. Jonathan Broxton allowed consecutive hits, and an error by Jedd Gyorko helped both score after Matt Bowman relieved before the Giants added a third run … After a 46-minute rain delay, Kevin Siegrist got out of the bases-loaded jam with no further damage … Sam Tuivailala gave up three hits and a run in the eighth, making it a 5-4 game, before Brett Cecil got the final out, stranding two runners … Seung Hwan Oh gave up two singles before Eduardo Nunez delivered the go-ahead hit, a two-run double off the center field wall in the ninth.

Key stat: The six shutout innings from Wacha lowered the combined ERA for the Cardinals starters for the first six games of this homestand to 2.09 but they earned the victory in only two of those games.

Worth noting: The Cardinals made the first of two expected roster moves this weekend, activating Peralta from the DL and optioning Magneuris Sierra to Double A Springfield. They want Sierra to work on becoming a better basestealer in the minors. He was successful on only one of three steal attempts in seven games with the Cardinals after being successful on only three of eight attempts at Palm Beach … Stephen Piscotty was back in the lineup at Springfield Friday night, serving as the DH, and had a single in three at-bats in a game called after six innings because of rain. He could play one more game on his rehab assignment before returning to St. Louis … Tyler Lyons will start for Springfield on Saturday night.

Looking ahead: Carlos Martinez will get the start in the second game of the series Saturday night while Jeff Samardzija will start for the Giants.

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