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GIANTS BLANK CARDINALS 8-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tim Hudson threw seven shutout innings and Joaquin Arias keyed a four-run first inning with a two-run single to lead the San Francisco 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 […]

GIANTS BLANK CARDINALS 8-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tim Hudson threw seven shutout innings and Joaquin Arias keyed a four-run first inning with a two-run single to lead the San Francisco 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.

Arias got the start after Michael Morse fouled a ball off his left foot in batting practice. In his second start in the last 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.

Buster Posey had three hits in returning to the lineup after missing three games with tightness in his lower back.

Lance Lynn (6-3) gave up seven runs, four earned, and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings after posting his first career shutout on Tuesday against the York Yankees.

Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence and Posey singled to start the four-run first. Posey’s RBI hit came on Lynn’s 10th pitch.

Gregor Blanco reached on an error by Kolten Wong and Pence scored on a groundout by Brandon Crawford. Brandon Hicks walked to set the stage for Arias’ bases-loaded single.

Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a first-inning single. It is the longest current streak in the NL.

Notes: Former University of Missouri men’s basketball coach Norm Stewart threw out the first pitch. … The Giants finished May with an NL-best 19-9 record. … St. Louis OF Matt Holliday walked in the third inning and has reached safely in all 28 home games.

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Written by Andrew Dowd