ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dakota Hudson and a quartet of relievers combined to help the St. Louis Cardinals stop San Francisco’s six-game winning streak, blanking the Giants 4-0 on Saturday.
The Cardinals pitched their sixth shutout of the season. The Los Angeles Angels began the day with a major league-leading seven shutouts.
“You’re going to have to win ballgames the way we just did where we pitch well, play good defense, we make good decisions and score three or four runs,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “There’ll be a stretch where we hit, but you still have to win ballgames when you’re not feeling great. That’s what we did today.”
Yadier Molina doubled, singled and scored a run. He opened the second with a double off the top of the right-center field wall for his 2,128th career hit, moving him past Mike Piazza for sixth most among catchers.
St. Louis led 1-0 in the fifth when the Giants put runners at first and third with two outs. Molina threw out Joc Pederson trying to steal second to end the inning.
“I got a pretty good idea that they liked to do that,” Molina said. “I’m glad that we executed that play pretty well. I’m happy for that.”
Tommy Edman homered as the Cardinals won for the second time in seven games. St. Louis has homered in 10 straight games.
Hudson (3-2) worked around five hits and two walks in five innings. Génesis Cabrera, Andre Pallante, Ryan Helsley and Giovanny Gallegos teamed up to pitch the final four innings.
“Pretty much as advertised and who he’s been this season,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said about Hudson. “It’s a groundball style. It’s an attack the strike zone style. He did a nice job of keeping us off balance, and we weren’t able to get the big hit.”
Helsley took over for Pallante with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh….