ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bruce Bochy had plenty of time to ponder this loss. Before two rain delays and after them, too, the San Francisco Giants offense came up empty.
"We just got shut down," the manager said after a 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday that lasted a snappy 2 hours, 29 minutes without delays of 47 and 51 minutes. "Our guy did a good job, we just didn't do anything offensively."
Michael Wacha worked six innings of three-hit ball in his fifth rain-delayed start of the season and Oscar Taveras homered in his second career at-bat for the Cardinals. The Giants were held to three hits by Wacha and three relievers and were shut out for the fourth time of the season, ending a string of six straight games scoring four or more runs.
Yusmeiro Petit (3-3) gave up two hits in six innings, but one of them was Taveras' 418-foot drive in the fifth. Petit subbed for injured Matt Cain, placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, for the second straight start.
Petit made his fifth start of the year overall, matched his season high for innings, and kept it close. He allowed at least four runs in each of the previous three starts.
"The last couple games I missed a couple spots," Petit said. "I made adjustments, stayed down in the zone and mixed it up.
"That's my job, to save the bullpen," Petit said.
Petit and the Giants paid for a hanging curveball to Taveras.
"He's got a good swing, you know," Petit said. "He swings hard, he pulls everything. I tried to stay away and I missed on one pitch."
The Cardinals have piled up 6 hours, 30 minutes of idle time in Wacha's starts. The total includes a 61-minute weather delay before the first pitch against the Yankees his last start for a storm that failed to materialize, and the Cardinals lost in 12 innings.
Wacha's debut a year ago against the Royals was delayed more than 4 1/2 hours after the bullpen gave up the lead and finished at 3:14 a.m.
Jhonny Peralta added an RBI double off George Kontos in the seventh for St. Louis, which ended a three-game losing streak and snapped the Giants' four-game winning streak.
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