Posey looks to continue his tear at the plate and Vogelsong goes for his 10th win Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
After dropping Monday's opener in St. Louis 8-2, the Giants (60-50) bounced back with a 4-2 victory Tuesday, their fourth win in five games. San Francisco went ahead on Posey's three-run, first-inning homer, and the Cardinals (60-50) couldn't recover, losing for the first time in eight games at Busch Stadium.
Posey has been locked in lately, hitting five homers while driving in 12 runs in his last six games, and leads the majors with a .448 batting average and 30 RBIs since the All-Star break."I'm just trying to stay with a consistent approach," said Posey, who is 8 for 16 with six RBIs against St. Louis this year. "Have a plan when I go up to bat and keep it simple."
The Giants have won the last nine games in which their All-Star catcher has knocked in at least two runs, and have enjoyed similar success whenever Vogelsong takes the mound, winning 13 of his last 16 starts.
Vogelsong (9-5, 2.38 ERA), owner of the majors' second-best ERA, surrendered one hit through six innings at Colorado on Friday before getting into trouble in the seventh. He gave up four runs and four hits that inning and only got one out as his streak of 15 straight quality starts came to an end. Despite the shaky finish, he got more than enough run support to earn a 16-4 win.
It was a strange twist for the right-hander, who had allowed four total runs over his previous three starts but had only one win to show for it.
This will be his first start against St. Louis since May 31, 2011, when he allowed one in five innings and didn't get a decision in a 4-3 loss. There are several Cardinals he'll have to be careful facing this time.
Carlos Beltran , batting .308 with four homers during a nine-game hitting streak, is 3 for 6 with a homer and a double against Vogelsong since the start of last season.
The Cardinals, 2 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot, counter with Joe Kelly (2-4, 3.14), who will face the Giants for the first time.
Kelly allowed a season-high 10 hits and walked two in 5 2-3 innings against Milwaukee on Friday, but managed to limit the damage to three runs and got credit for a 9-3 win. It was his first victory since June 22, despite recording a 2.72 ERA while making a quality start in each of his six outings in between.
The rookie right-hander gave up hits to five of the first 10 Brewers he faced and didn't record his first swinging strike until his 37th pitch, but overcame the rough start."This was a great lesson for him," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "He learned how to pitch when he didn't have his best stuff. He did a nice job of getting himself out of trouble."
|San Francisco Giants|
|August 07, 2012||Shane Loux||15-Day DL||Recurring neck strain|
|July 31, 2012||Aubrey Huff||15-Day DL||Strained right knee|
|July 25, 2012||Pablo Sandoval||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 18, 2012||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Left knee sprain|
|July 18, 2012||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Left knee sprain|
|July 17, 2012||Hector Sanchez||Day-to-Day||Left knee sprain|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|August 03, 2012||Lance Berkman||15-Day DL||Right knee inflammation|
|July 28, 2012||Rafael Furcal||Day-to-Day||Stiff back|
|July 26, 2012||David Freese||Day-to-Day||Left game - right calf cramp|
|July 24, 2012||Lance Berkman||Day-to-Day||Left game - HBP right knee|
|July 17, 2012||Matt Holliday||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left thigh|
|July 08, 2012||David Freese||Day-to-Day||Bruised left leg|
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants have had a reputation as a team with good pitching and light hitting.
After Marco Scutaro 's grand slam and career-high seven RBIs helped the Giants paste the St. Louis Cardinals 15-0 Wednesday night, that may be changing.
The Giants have scored 56 runs on the first six games of their seven-game trip. San Francisco leads the NL with an average of 5.17 runs per game on the road.
"You see this lineup, and I don't see any reason why we can't continue doing that," said Scutaro, who had the most RBIs in a game for the Giants since Jeff Kent had seven on May 1, 2001.
Scutaro had an RBI single in the third, a two-run double in the eighth and then hit his third career slam, connecting in the ninth off Mitchell Boggs .
"I was lucky enough to have a good pitch to hit and hit it out of the ballpark," Scutaro said. "You're just trying to take a consistent approach, no matter the situation."
Ahead 2-0, the Giants broke it open with five runs in the sixth. They turned the game into a rout with four runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth.
"We don't have a lot of games like this," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's good to see the guys break out."
That depends on what side you're on.
"We got to have a short memory on this one and look forward to getting out here tomorrow and changing what we looked like tonight," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.
Ryan Vogelsong (10-5) gave up three hits in seven innings. He has gone at least six innings in all 21 of his starts, the longest such streak for a Giants pitcher since Bill Swift did it 24 straight times in 1993.
"I'm just going out there and trying to get outs and trying to get as deep as I can into a game," Vogelsong said.
Hunter Pence had two hits and scored twice. He began the day batting .143 (4 for 28) in seven games for the Giants since being traded from Philadelphia.
Melky Cabrera also had two hits and scored two runs. He leads the majors with 154 hits.
Cabrera led off the sixth with a double against Joe Kelly (2-5) and after a walk to Buster Posey , Pence hit an RBI single. Brandon Belt 's single loaded the bases and an error by second baseman Tyler Greene on Ryan Theriot 's ground ball led to two more runs and Kelly's departure.
Brandon Crawford later had an RBI single and Angel Pagan 's sacrifice fly made it 7-0.
Jon Jay had two singles for the Cardinals in his third straight multihit game. He is 11 for 22 in his last six games.
NOTES: Boggs had gone 23 straight appearances without allowing a run. ... Allen Craig , who hit two solo home runs Tuesday, was out of the St. Louis starting lineup with soreness near his ribs. ... Adam Wainwright (9-10) tries to reach the .500 mark when he opposes the Giants' Madison Bumgarner on Thursday afternoon in the series finale. . . . Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal was given a shot in his sore back and sat out. He is considered day-to-day.