Giants 7, Cardinals 5(11)

One more pitch, and Brian Wilson put out the lights for

good.

Nate Schierholtz delivered a tying single with two outs in the

ninth inning and the go-ahead hit in the 11th, then the San

Francisco closer finished off the St. Louis Cardinals after a

16-minute light failure for a 7-5 victory on Wednesday night.

”It was a pretty good game of gamesmanship,” Giants manager

Bruce Bochy joked. ”I was just hoping it wouldn’t be too long

before he got back out there.

”It wasn’t bad, one pitch and we’re done.”

The game was delayed with two outs in the bottom of the 11th

when large sections of two light standards failed. Play resumed

with a 2-1 count on Allen Craig, and Wilson needed one pitch to get

a game-ending grounder for his 15th save in 17 chances.

”That was really awkward, pretty anticlimactic to have the

lights go off like that,” Craig said. ”But I guess it’s just part

of the game.”

Joe Walsh, the Cardinals’ director of security, said a faulty

breaker was likely to blame. After flipping the circuit breaker,

Walsh said umpires were aware from previous light woes in other

stadiums that about 15-20 minutes was required for the lights to

cool down and then return to full power.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had no idea what happened,

saying, ”Ask the electrician, I don’t know.”

Cody Ross had four hits and an RBI and Freddy Sanchez had a

three-hit game for the Giants, who shook off a poor outing by Tim

Lincecum. Sergio Romo (3-0) worked the 10th for the win.

San Francisco, which came from behind twice, had a season-high

16 hits and won for only the third time in nine games.

”Early on balls were kind of finding holes and finding places

to land,” Lincecum said. ”Pitchers pride themselves on shutout

innings after you get a lead and I just didn’t do that.

”You have to tip your hat to Craig, he put a pretty good swing

on the pitch.”

Craig’s two-run, pinch-hit homer chased Lincecum in the seventh,

putting the Cardinals up 5-4. The two-time NL Cy Young winner

struck out nine but gave up a career high-tying 10 hits and threw

two wild pitches, one of them scoring a run.

”I faced him in college quite a bit and I watched video on him

quite a bit the last few years,” Craig said. ”I have an idea what

he’s doing, it’s not like I’ve never faced him before.”

Lincecum was 3-1 with a 1.22 ERA in May, allowing only six

earned runs in 36 2-3 innings. Before fading in the seventh he had

retired eight of nine batters, five on strikeouts with the lone

runner on a hit batsman and the pinch homer was the first he’s

allowed in his career.

Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford had RBI singles in the 11th off

Ryan Franklin (1-4), pitching on the second straight night and in

his second inning. Ryan Theriot had two hits and an RBI to extend

his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games for St. Louis, which

gave Jake Westbrook a 3-0 lead in the fourth.

Bochy said he’s gaining confidence in Schierholtz.

”His playing time has increased and it will now with the game

he had and the way he’s been playing,” Bochy said. ”That’s what

we’re looking for, a shot in the arm.”

Aubrey Huff’s homer off Miguel Batista ended a 6-for-38 slump

and put the Giants ahead 4-3 in the top of the seventh.

Craig is 18 for 40 (.450) since May 19 and is 5 for 11 with a

home run, three doubles and four RBIs in the first three games of a

four-game series. He and Jon Jay should both garner more playing

time with Matt Holliday set to go on the 15-day disabled list on

Thursday with a nagging quadriceps injury.

Lincecum walked on five pitches to load the bases in the fourth

after the Cardinals elected to intentionally walk eighth-place

hitter Eli Whiteside. Westbrook escaped by striking out Andres

Torres, giving the Giants seven stranded runners the first four

innings.

Westbrook’s only clean inning was the fifth, but the Giants

opened the sixth with three straight hits and a sacrifice fly and

chased him on Torres’ two-out RBI double. Torres had been an easy

out his first three at-bats with two strikeouts and a groundout to

first.

”I think I got him on the previous three at-bats with all

changeups,” Westbrook said. ”I guess bad location. That can’t

happen, you can’t let them back in the ballgame.”

Theriot had an RBI single in the third and the Cardinals made it

3-0 in the fourth on a wild pitch and Skip Schumaker’s single that

barely eluded both middle infielders.

NOTES: The Giants’ Class A affiliate in San Jose set a team

record with its 12th straight victory Tuesday. … Pat Burrell, in

a 4-for-25 slump, fouled out as a pinch-hitter on a 3-0 pitch in

the eighth. He’s started only eight of the Giants’ last 22 games.

… Lincecum has given up 10 hits three times, the previous time on

May 15, 2009 against the New York Mets. … Huff leads the Giants

with 24 RBIs but has only four in the last 17 games and had been

batting only .175 against right-handers, among the worst in the

league, before the homer. … Lincecum threw one wild pitch his

first 11 starts. … The Giants are 6-3 in extra innings and 2-0

against St. Louis.