Game Report: Cardinals 11, Giants 6

Stephen Piscotty has not had a lot of enjoyable moments this season, but he had a big one on Friday night.

His two-run homer capped a six-run ninth inning which broke a 5-5 tie and gave the Cardinals the win over the Giants in San Francisco.

The hit was the third in three innings for Piscotty, who tripled and scored in the seventh and singled and scored in the eighth as the Cardinals rallied from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game.

Jack Flaherty was not involved in the decision in his major-league debut, allowing five runs in four innings.

Here is how the game broke down:


At the plate:
The Cardinals’ 15 hits included three homers, four triples and a double as they recorded a season-high 33 total bases … Harrison Bader, recalled from Memphis before the game, hit his first career homer, a two-run shot in the third … Randal Grichuk homered for the third consecutive game, his 19th of the season, in the seventh before Piscotty hit his eighth of the year in the ninth … The triples came from Yadier Molina, Piscotty, Greg Garcia and Dexter Fowler, which ignited the ninth-inning rally. Kolten Wong, hitting leadoff, got the RBI which put the Cardinals in front with a single in the ninth before DeJong doubled in two runs … Matt Carpenter hit cleanup for the third time In his career (the others were in 2012) and became the 10th hitter to hit fourth for the Cardinals this season, going 0-of-4 with a sacrifice.

On the mound:
After working a 1-2-3 first inning, Flaherty got in trouble in the second and third, allowing a two-run homer to Brandon Crawford in a three-run second and a two-run triple to Hunter Pence in the third. He gave up a total of eight hits, issued one intentional walk and struck out six … John Gant pitched two scoreless innings and Brett Cecil one before Tyler Lyons worked another 1-2-3 inning in the eighth, striking out two, and was credited with the win … The last Giants’ run came off Sam Tuivailala in the ninth.

Key stat: This was the first time the Cardinals hit four triples in a nine-inning game since May 1,1983, also against the Giants, in a game in St. Louis. Two of the triples were hit by Ken Oberkfell and one each from Lonnie Smith and Jamie Quirk.

Worth noting:
The Giants used nine pitchers in the nine-inning game, the first time an opponent has done that against the Cardinals in team history … Tommy Pham was held out of the lineup because of a jammed thumb, suffered during a head-first slide into second base on Thursday night. He hopes he will be able to play on Saturday … In addition to Bader, players joining the Cardinals as rosters expanded on Friday included pitcher Sandy Alcantara, infielder Alex Mejia and catcher Alberto Rosario … The last pitcher to earn a win as a starter in his major-league debut for the Cardinals was Lyons in 2013.

Looking ahead:
Lance Lynn will get the start in a 3:05 p.m. game St. Louis time on Saturday while Chris Stratton is scheduled to start for the Giants.