Game Report: Giants 13, Cardinals 8

Pablo Sandoval made certain he hit a ball where Harrison Bader couldn’t catch it on Sunday – into McCovey Cove.

Sandoval’s three-run homer in the fifth inning wiped out a 4-3 Cardinals lead and a five-run sixth inning off Greg Holland, including a two-run single by Sandoval, sent the Giants to the win in San Francisco.

A three-run pinch-hit homer by Matt Carpenter in the eighth got the Cardinals within 11-8, but two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning sealed the win for the Giants.

Bader saved a run with a diving catch after a long run to end the fourth inning. Two of the Giants runs were unearned because of two fielding errors by Paul DeJong.

It was only the fourth time in 145 games since the start of the 2013 season the Cardinals lost when scoring eight or more runs. Their last such loss was 9-8 win for the Cubs on May 25, 2016.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Yairo Munoz drove in three runs for the Cardinals with a home run and a two-run single … Bader scored twice, on a single by Jose Martinez and a sacrifice fly by Marcell Ozuna … Martinez had three hits while Munoz reached base four times on his two hits and two walks … Four of the Cardinals runs came in 5 1/3 innings off starter Madison Bumgarner, who has allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts against the Cardinals.

On the mound: Jack Flaherty struggled with his command and could not get out of the third inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, needing 69 pitches to record seven outs … Mike Mayers got out of a bases-loaded jam he inherited from Flaherty before John Brebbia gave up the three-run homer to Sandoval and the Giants scored five runs on four hits and two walks, one intentional, off Holland in two-thirds of an inning, raising his ERA to 8.27 … The final two runs for the Giants came in the eighth off Sam Tuivailala.

Key stat: Sandoval became the second player to record five RBIs in a game against the Cardinals this season. The other was Nick Markakis of the Braves on June 30 … The last Giants player with five RBIs in a game against the Cardinals in San Francisco was Barry Bonds on July 26, 1999.

All-Star selections: At the moment, Miles Mikolas is the only Cardinals’ player heading to the All-Star game in Washington, D.C. on July 17. Matt Carpenter is in the final vote category but has to win the online vote to be selected. Yadier Molina was not picked for the team, as Buster Posey and J.T. Realmuto were named as the reserve catchers behind starter Willson Contreras of the Cubs.

Worth noting: Molina did not play for the second consecutive game as he rested a “stinger” in his shoulder … Carpenter’s home run also landed in McCovey Cove on the fly, only the second ever hit there by a Cardinals player. The other was hit by Larry Walker on June 8, 2005 … Carpenter’s only other career pinch-hit homer was in 2016 in Pittsburgh … The 13 runs were the most by the Giants against the Cardinals in a game in San Francisco since they scored 21 on July 9, 1988 … Tommy Pham came out of the game in the seventh inning after fouling a ball off his left ankle … Tyler Lyons struck out the side in his inning of work on Sunday in Memphis.

Looking ahead:
The Cardinals will spend Monday’s day off in Chicago before opening a two-game series Tuesday night against the White Sox, the first start for Mikolas since making the All-Star team for the first time in his career.