Cardinals rally to beat Giants again, 6-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) Aledmys Diaz, Matt Adams and Yadier Molina each had an RBI during a four-run sixth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals came from behind for the second straight game to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Sunday night.
The tiebreaking run came on an RBI fielder's choice with the bases loaded by Molina, who entered the at-bat in an 0-for-20 skid. Shortstop Brandon Crawford made an error on the play when he dropped the ball on the exchange trying to flip to second to start a double play.
Jarrett Parker hit a two-run homer for the NL West-leading Giants, who have lost two straight for the first time since May 8-10 when they dropped three in a row. Despite dropping the weekend series, the Giants are a major league-best 18-6 since May 11.
Carlos Martinez (6-5) allowed three runs in six innings and Matt Carpenter had three hits and an RBI for St. Louis, which scored seven unanswered runs to win 7-4 on Saturday. Trevor Rosenthal earned his 10th save in 11 chances.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy used three relievers in the sixth trying to preserve the lead for Jake Peavy (2-6), who missed a chance at his 150th career victory.
Parker, who started all three games in the series in place of injured Hunter Pence, snapped a 2-for-19 slump with his second homer in the fourth for a 2-1 lead. A hit, walk and run-scoring groundout by Crawford made it 3-1 in the sixth.
Martinez threw three wild pitches after entering with three on the year.
Giants: Hunter Pence (hamstring) will undergo surgery Thursday in Dallas and is expected to miss eight weeks. … Matt Cain (hamstring) threw a second bullpen session Sunday and is likely to throw a simulated game Wednesday.
Cardinals: SS Jhonny Peralta (thumb) returned to St. Louis after going 0 for 4 and playing 3B for Class A Palm Beach and is expected to be activated off the 15-day DL on Tuesday. Peralta will play 3B due to the emergence of Diaz.
Giants C Buster Posey got a routine day off. He's in a 2-for-24 slump.
Giants: Albert Suarez (1-1, 3.18) makes his second career start Tuesday in the opener of a two-game series against the Red Sox. He's filling in for Cain.
Cardinals: Mike Leake (4-4, 3.82) makes his first career appearance against the Reds on Tuesday to start a six-game trip. He's 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA his last five outings.