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Giants shut down by Wainwright, Cardinals, 2-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 3, 2014 at 1:17 am •  Published: July 3, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants manager Bruce Bochy got another call overturned by replay, this time in the ninth inning.

It was about the only thing that went right for San Francisco's offense.

A night after two-time NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum helped blank St. Louis, the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright and two relievers returned the favor in a 2-0 win over the Giants.

It's the third time in the past nine games San Francisco has been shut out. All of them have come at AT&T Park, where the Giants are just 2-7 on this current 10-game homestand.

"It's all about putting some men on bases, creating those chances," Bochy said. "Somebody's gotta come through. We only had two or three decent chances and couldn't get the hit."

The Giants have been sputtering without leadoff hitter Angel Pagan. Pagan, on the DL with a lower back strain, will receive an epidural Thursday morning in Los Angeles before rejoining the team. He'll rest through the weekend.

Even though first baseman Brandon Belt is expected to be activated from the DL when San Francisco opens a series in San Diego on Friday, Bochy plans to shake up his lineup. Gregor Blanco, hitting in the leadoff spot during Pagan's absence, will be dropped down in the order, while Hunter Pence will move up to the top spot.

"That will tweak the lineup a little bit but we still gotta get some other guys going," Bochy said. "It's not just one guy."

Wainwright allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings and St. Louis, which has been dealing with its own slumping offense, scored just enough to make it stand up.

The closest the Giants came to scoring came in the eighth, when Tyler Colvin sent a drive to the wall in center field and defensive replacement Peter Bourjos hauled it in.

Joe Panik, who had two hits, was the lone Giant to venture past first base, reaching third with two outs in the sixth and again with two outs in the eighth.

"Those guys, they'll start swinging it," said losing pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. "You go through this stuff. You either get through it and get stronger or you don't get through it and you finish in last. We'll get through it."

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