Game Report: Giants 2, Cardinals 1 (10 innings)

In a season filled with frustrating losses, the Cardinals added another one to that long list on Saturday against the Giants.

Lance Lynn allowed just one hit over eight innings and turned a 1-0 lead over to the bullpen in the ninth inning – but then could do nothing but watch as the Giants tied the game in the ninth and won it in the 10th on a walk-off homer by Nick Hundley off Ryan Sherriff.

The loss left the Cardinals seven games behind the Cubs in the NL Central with 27 games to play.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals had just two hits through the first nine innings, both coming in the span of three batters in the fourth inning. Jose Martinez singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Dexter Fowler … The next hit didn’t come until Fowler led off the 10th with a triple. He was replaced by pinch-runner Harrison Bader, who was thrown out at the plate on a grounder to third by Stephen Piscotty …. The Cardinals struck out 14 times in the game.

On the mound:
The only hit allowed by Lynn was a single by Joe Panik in the first, the second hitter of the game. Lynn did not record a strike out through the first six innings but got one in the seventh and struck out the side in the eighth. He walked four, and was pulled after throwing 101 pitches … Tyler Lyons relieved to start the ninth and gave up a leadoff single by Hunter Pence, just the fourth hit off Lyons in the second half of the season. He was pulled in favor of Seung Hwan Oh, and Buster Posey greeted him with an RBI single to tie the game. The run was charged to Lyons, snapping his streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 18 2/3 … Sherriff relieved Oh and got the final two outs in the ninth, but then gave up the homer to Hundley leading off the 10th.

Key stat: This was the second start in Lynn’s career he pitched at least seven shutout innings and allowed only one hit. The other was a seven-inning game on April 20, 2013 against the Phillies. It was the first time in 27 career starts that he pitched at least five innings and did not allow a run and did not earn the victory.

Worth noting: It was the third time in Cardinals’ history their starter was not involved in the decision despite pitching at least eight innings, allowing one hit and no runs. The other two were Alan Benes in 1997 and Jose DeLeon in 1989 … It was the second time the Cardinals lost on a walk-off homer this year, the other hit by Josh Bell off Oh on July 14 at Pittsburgh … It was the first regular-season walk-off homer allowed by the Cardinals in San Francisco since J.T. Snow hit one off Manny Aybar at Candlestick Park in the 11th inning on July 9, 1999 … The Phillies claimed pitcher Kevin Siegrist on waivers on Saturday. He had been designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Friday.

Looking ahead: The two teams will conclude the four-game series with a 3:05 p.m. game St. Louis time on Sunday. Luke Weaver will start for the Cardinals.