Cueto Dominates, Giants Beat Cardinals 6-2

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Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto retired the final 17 Cardinals batters he faced in pitching a complete game 6-2 win on Thursday night in San Francisco. This was game one of the all important four game series between NL Wild Card contenders. The loss knocks the Cards two games behind Wild Card leader San Francisco and one game behind the Mets for the second and final Wild Card playoff spot.

Cueto (16-5) throws the complete game striking out seven, allowing just two runs. Adam Wainwright (11-9) gets tagged with the loss, allowing four runs in five and two-thirds innings pitched. Hunter Pence started the scoring with a two run homer in the bottom of the first inning. The Cardinals battled back to tie with an rbi single from Jedd Gyorko in the third inning and a Randal Grichuk rbi single in the fourth.

But San Francisco took the lead for good on Cueto’s sac fly in the bottom half of the fourth inning to make it 3-2. Angel Pagan’s single made it a 4-2 lead.

Before the game, the Cardinals announced two pitching moves; Trevor Rosenthal has been activated off the disabled list and is available in the Cardinals bullpen. Alex Reyes has been named the starting pitcher for this coming Sunday’s game against the Giants, replacing an ineffective Jaime Garcia.