It appears getting out of town was all the San Francisco Giants needed to get back on track.
They could struggle to keep it going in the final game of their trip, though, with a matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright in store.
Runs could be at a premium as Wainwright takes the mound against Madison Bumgarner in the conclusion of this four-game set Thursday afternoon.
San Francisco (61-50), which was limited to 19 runs while losing seven of eight to conclude its last homestand, has plated 56 while going 5-1 thus far on its trip.
The Giants continued their recent success in Wednesday's 15-0 rout of St. Louis. They went 8 for 16 with runners in scoring position and are batting .388 in RBI situations during their trek.
"You see this lineup, and I don't see any reason why we can't continue doing that," said the recently-acquired Marco Scutaro , who hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs.
The Cardinals (60-51), who took Monday's series opener 8-2, have since gone 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position while losing the last two games.
"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," manager Mike Matheny said.
St. Louis surely must like its chances of bouncing back with a resurgent Wainwright (9-10, 4.03 ERA) on the hill. The right-hander has compiled a 1.84 ERA over his last four starts while striking out 28 and walking two in 29 1-3 innings.
Wainwright threw his 10th career complete game in Saturday's 6-1 win over Milwaukee. He scattered five hits, walked none, struck out seven and also came through with an RBI double.
Wainwright threw 73 of his 98 pitches for strikes, improving to 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA over his last eight home starts. He's allowed two runs or fewer in all but one of those outings.
"He's one of those guys that throws strikes," Milwaukee's Corey Hart said. "It's tough because you don't want to swing at every first pitch he throws, but he's not a guy you want to get beyond in the count with."
Wainwright has gone 0-4 despite a 3.19 ERA over five career starts versus San Francisco. He was tagged for five runs - two earned - and four walks over 5 2-3 innings of a 7-5 road loss May 17.
Bumgarner (12-6, 3.03) has given up either one or two earned runs in five consecutive starts - a stretch during which he's limited opponents to a .188 average. He yielded five hits and struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball Saturday in an 11-6 victory at Colorado.
The left-hander won his first two career matchups against St. Louis - both at Busch Stadium - before surrendering four runs over 7 1-3 innings of a 4-1 home defeat May 16.
"Bumgarner, he's tough," Cardinals third baseman David Freese , who homered off Bumgarner in May, told the Giants' official website. "He crossfires it in there and sneaks them past you. He's the type of guy you have to grind an at-bat out against."
Bumgarner, though, hasn't been his sharpest this season on the road, where his 4.03 ERA is more than two runs higher than his 1.98 mark at home.
|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 08, 2012||Allen Craig||Day-to-Day||Sore ribs|
|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|
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Wainwright embraced the stopper role.
The right-hander helped the Cardinals get back on track after a blowout loss, pitching seven strong innings and lifting St. Louis over the San Francisco Giants 3-1 Thursday.
The Cardinals, who have won seven of 10, lost 15-0 to the Giants on Wednesday, their worst home shutout defeat since 1961.
Wainwright (10-10) keyed the bounce-back effort, allowing five hits and one run over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked three. He has given up two earned runs or less in each of his last five starts.
"We needed this win today," he said. "This is kind of what I live for. If there is a challenge out there, I'm ready for it. Not that you need more motivation but (the 15-0 loss) allowed me to focus a little bit more."
Jason Motte pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances.
Carlos Beltran hit his 27th homer as the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Madison Bumgarner (12-7).
Beltran, who leads the NL with 80 RBIs, gave Wainwright all the necessary support with a 409-foot drive over the wall in left. Bumgarner has given up 18 home runs - 15 on the road.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny told his players to put Wednesday's loss behind them as soon as possible.
Beltran, who has eight first-inning homers, took those words to heart.
"Being able to go out there and score early, it was great," Beltran said. "That's what we needed to do. Yesterday was tough but we were able to bounce back."
Matheny felt Beltran's early home run served to set the tone for the afternoon.
"To get that bad taste out of your mouth is huge," he said. "When we strike first, we've got a real good chance of making something happen.
Jon Jay went 2 for 3 and reached base three times for St. Louis, which completed a seven-game homestand with a 5-2 mark.
Bumgarner allowed just three hits in six innings. He struck out seven, walked one and recorded his sixth successive quality start.
"For the most part, I followed the game plan," Bumgarner said. "And it worked except for a pitch or two."
San Francisco closed to 2-1 in the fifth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Marco Scutaro .
Joaquin Arias and Bumgarner singled with one out before Wainwright walked Angel Pagan . Scutaro, who hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs Wednesday night, has hit safely in 11 of 13 games since he was acquired from Colorado on July 27. Wainwright then got Melky Cabrera to pop out to end the inning.
St. Louis pushed the lead to 3-1 in the sixth when Jay doubled, stole third and came home on Allen Craig 's sacrifice fly.
Giants star Buster Posey extended his season-best hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the sixth.
San Francisco completed a seven-game road trip with a 5-2 record and a split of the four-game series in St. Louis. The teams are each 61-51.
"We had some pretty good at-bats, but today we couldn't get a timely hit," manager Bruce Bochy said. "But, overall it was a very good road trip."
NOTES: Scutaro drove in 12 runs on the trip. ... The Giants had scored in the first inning in each of their previous seven road games before Wainwright stopped them. ... San Francisco has scored 93 runs in 13 games since the All-Star break. ... St. Louis INF Daniel Descalso is in an 0-for-13 slump. ... St. Louis opens a three-game series at Philadelphia on Friday. Kyle Lohse (12-2, 2.79 ERA) will face Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02). ... The Giants begin a three-game set at home against Colorado. Tim Lincecum (6-11, 5.43) takes on Tyler Chatwood (1-2, 6.61).