ST. LOUIS (AP) — Logan Webb pitched six strong innings and the San Francisco Giants won their sixth straight game, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 on Friday night.
Curt Casali hit his first homer of the season during a five-run burst in the eighth inning. St. Louis has lost five of six.
“I was kind of expecting a changeup and I was able to stay on it just long enough to clip it out of here,” Casali said. “It’s not really easy to do in this big big ballpark.”
Webb (5-1) gave up just one run despite allowing the leadoff batter to reach in five innings. He didn’t permit a hit until Brendan Donovan’s shift-aided single to lead off the fifth and his defense turned a pair of double plays behind him.
“Logan’s set the bar really high for himself, but he’s still a developing young pitcher, not the most experienced of our staff and he’s kind of taken on the role of being kind of the No. 1 ace of the staff,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “He’s still growing and he’s still learning the league and he’s still learning himself.”
Webb allowed three hits, walked three and struck out one. He said there was plenty of room for improvement.
“I think it was the first six hitters I was 0-2 … so it’s more like putting guys away right now just isn’t there,” Webb said.
Dominic Leone, Zack Littell and Jarlín García each pitched an inning to complete the combined six-hitter.
Casali’s two-run drive was his first homer since last Aug. 3. Pinch-hitter Evan Longoria had a two-run double before Casali connected.
“Longo’s hit was huge for us,” Kapler said. “It’s a big separator and I think Curt gave us a chance to use the bullpen differently.”
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