Fresh off their sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the San Francisco Giants were feeling pretty good about themselves heading into St. Louis, but Jake Westbrook, Carlos Beltran and the rest of the Red Birds had other plans, beating the Giants down by the score of 8-2 at Busch Stadium
Angel Pagan's seventh homer of the season on the second pitch of the game off the Cards' Jake Westbrook got the Giants off on the right foot, but it didn't get much better from there. Matt Cain (L 10-5) would throw 114 pitches in just 5.2 innings of work, allowing five earned runs on eight hits, one of which came in the form at a Beltran homer in the second inning.
Buster Posey launched another solo shot of his own in the sixth, his 17th of the year, but the Bullpen couldn't keep the Red Birds caged, allowing another three runs in the seventh to seal the Giants' fate.
Westbrook (W 11-8) tossed six innings on the night, earning his fourth victory in a row on seven hits and four strikeouts. Beltran 26th homer of the year pushed him into the lead in the NL with 78 RBI.
All-Star Lance Lynn (13-4, 3.40) squares off with the struggling Barry Zito (8-8, 4.27) in the second game of the four-game set on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 5:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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