The Cardinals rallied after blowing a 3-0 lead against one of the toughest pitchers in the majors Wednesday night only to blow the lead a second time with two outs in the ninth and eventually lost 7-5.
The Redbirds chipped away at two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum with one run in the third and two more in the fourth while starting pitcher Jake Westbrook was in command against the Giants hitters. But Westbrook came unraveled in the sixth inning, giving up three straight hits and a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-2. After retiring Lincecum, Westbrook gave up a two out hit to Andres Torres to even the score at three.
In the seventh inning against Miguel Batista, Aubrey Huff gave the Giants a 4-3 advantage with a solo homer in the top of the seventh inning.
But Daniel Descalso tripled with one out in the bottom half of the frame Allen Craig became the first player to hit a pinch hit homer off Lincecum with a shot into the left field bullpen to put St. Louis back on top 5-4.
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In the bottom of the ninth Fernando Salas got the first two San Francisco batters out on long fly balls. He then issued a walk and the runner scored when centerfielder Colby Rasmus was unable to catch a short fly ball that ticked off the end of his glove as he made a diving attempt.
Deposed closer Ryan Franklin came into the game at pitched a scoreless 10th inning. But he was tagged for two runs in the 11th to take the loss.
Cardinals Star of the Game: After a day off to revive his slumping bat, Descalso was 3-for-5 Wednesday night.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Craig
Lowlight: Lance Berkman, one of the hottest players in baseball in April, started off June just as cold as he was in May with a hitless night in four chances. Over the last month, Berkman is hitting .241 with two homers and eight RBIs. He had a chance to extend the St. Louis lead in the bottom of the seventh with the sacks jammed an only one out. But he grounded into a double play to end the threat.