Giants blank Cardinals 8-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 1, 2014 at 6:04 pm •  Published: June 1, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tim Hudson still refuses to take credit for his quick start to the season.

"There comes a lot of luck with it," he said. "I'm just throwing the ball and missing (bat) barrels."

The San Francisco right-hander threw seven shutout innings and Joaquin Arias keyed a four-run first inning with a two-run single to lead the Giants to an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

The Giants have won five of six and have the best record in the NL at 37-20.

St. Louis has lost four of five. The Cardinals managed just four hits.

Hudson (6-2) gave up three hits, struck out six, and walked two in improving to 4-4 against St. Louis. Hudson's previous win against the Cardinals came on July 19, 2007, as a member of the Atlanta Braves. He retired the last 11 batters he faced on Sunday.

The 38-year-old has a 1.75 ERA, second in the NL, and has gone at least seven innings in nine of 11 starts.

Hudson missed the final two months of last season with a fractured ankle, but has rebounded with one of the best starts of his 14-year career.

Hudson took control early after his teammates gave him four early runs.

"Great job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "You go seven innings and no runs against this club, you're doing something."

Catcher Buster Posey said Hudson simply keeps rolling along.

"Nothing fancy, he just goes out there and pitches to contact, like he always does," Posey said. "He's smart and he knows how to attack the hitters.

Hudson said he was able to relax after the early run support.

"I just went out there and tried to pound the strike zone," he said. "A starting pitcher always welcomes early runs. It makes our job a whole lot easier."

Arias came through with a key hit. He got the start after Michael Morse fouled a ball off his left foot in batting practice. In his second start in the past 24 games, Arias went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. He broke out of a 0-for-14 skid with a bases-loaded single in the first.

"He stays ready and he's got a lot of poise," Bochy said. "He really needed a game like this."

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