ST. LOUIS — All-Star catcher Buster Posey hammered a three-run homer off Lance Lynn on Tuesday night, the key blow in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals before 41,293 at Busch Stadium.
How it went
Posey lined a 2-1 pitch into the bleachers in right-center with one out in the first, following singles by Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro. It was Posey's 18th homer of the season. Allen Craig hit his 16th homer in the third and his 17th homer in the fifth, both against Barry Zito, to get St. Louis within 3-2. But the Giants tacked on a sixth-inning run when Joaquin Arias' double scored Brandon Belt, who had singled and stole second. Belt was picked off as he broke for the bag, but first baseman Craig's throw hit Belt in the back and rolled away.
By the numbers
The Cardinals were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners. ... Lynn (13-5) failed in his bid for his 14th win of the season, instead suffering his first loss in six decisions against an NL West team. ... Lynn allowed four runs (earned) ono eight hits in six innings, with three walks and six strikeouts. ... Skip Schumaker was 0-for-4 against Barry Zito (9-8) after having been 7-for-12 with three doubles and four RBIs against the left-hander. ... Jeremy Affeldt worked 1 1/3 innings for his third save of the season. ... Yadier Molina and Jon Jay had two hits apiece for the Cardinals.