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St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants Pick & Prediction MAY 8TH 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
TV: Bally Sports Network | NBC Bay Area
Logo St. Louis Cardinals
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Logo San Francisco Giants
7.5
OPENNER
-110

7.5o -105
CURRENT
-1.5 +153

+122
MONEYLINE
-132

3
SCORE
4

After breaking out of their offensive funk Saturday, the San Francisco Giants will try to continue their revival Sunday when they host the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Giants snapped their five-game losing streak Saturday by hammering the Cardinals, 13-7. They powered up with a grand slam from Wilmer Flores and two-run homers from Mauricio Dubon and Darin Ruf after scoring just five runs in their previous four games.

That was Ruf's first homer in 27 games and 100 at bats. He had 16 homers in 262 at bats last year.

"Darin, he needed that -- we all needed that," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.

The Giants had lost seven of their previous eight games while getting outscored 51-23.

The slump-breaking victory came with a cost, though, because first baseman Brandon Belt exited the game in the eighth inning after suffering neck stiffness during the game.

Belt drew three walks and scored two runs Saturday in his first game back from the COVID-19 list. Kapler said Belt began feeling discomfort earlier in the game and he is considered day-to-day with the ailment.

Right-hander Jakob Junis (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the starting pitching assignment for the Giants as they bid for a split of this four-game series at Oracle Park.

Junis has pitched five scoreless innings in each of his two outings this season. He has struck out 10 batters and walked only one while allowing seven hits.

He is 0-0 with a 2.87 ERA in four career appearances against the Cardinals, including three starts.

Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson (2-2, 3.16 ERA) is coming off a 7-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. After throwing 12 2/3 scoreless innings in his previous two starts, Hudson allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings on Tuesday.

"I forced them to swing the bat," Hudson said. "I was living and dying by the ground ball, I guess."

"'Dak' was good," Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. "He got ahead of a lot of hitters. I think the first 15 out of 18 he got ahead of."

Hudson is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four career appearances against the Giants, including two starts.

The Cardinals also have picked up their offense while scoring 27 runs in their past four games. They had 14 hits and worked three walks in Saturday's loss.

"I liked what our offense did," Marmol said. "We had opportunities, we took advantage of some and left some guys on, but overall there's some bright spots in what we did today."

Dylan Carlson is in a 6-for-16 upturn with a double, a homer and four RBIs over the past six games -- matching his run production for April. Rookie Juan Yepez is 7-for-16 with three doubles with in four games since his recall from Triple-A Memphis.

Catcher Yadier Molina is 10-for-32 during his seven-game hitting streak that lifted his batting average from .138 to .230. After hitting just .188 in April, Tyler O'Neill is 7-for-28 with two doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBIs in seven games in May.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
St. Louis Cardinals
4
5
San Francisco Giants

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants

Evan Longoria capped his best week of the season with a home run in the seventh inning that broke a scoreless tie and lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.

Jeff Samardzija (6-7) won a pitchers' duel with Jack Flaherty (4-6) with seven innings of four-hit ball, combining with Sam Dyson and Will Smith on the Giants' first shutout since April and third of the season.

Flaherty, who had struggled to a 7.82 ERA in his previous five starts, retired the first 12 batters he faced and took a no-hitter one out into the seventh before Longoria connected on his 12th homer, a shot to left field.

The homer was Longoria's fifth in six games during a week in which he went 9-for-21 (.429) with 10 RBIs. His average increased from .222 to .238 in the six games.

Flaherty was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth, having allowed just the one run and two hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out six.

The 23-year-old right-hander has gone just 1-5 in his last 12 starts.

Samardzija, meanwhile, worked four no-hit innings before stranding a baserunner in scoring position in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

He was pulled after seven, having allowed four hits in his last three innings. In winning for the third time in his last four starts, he struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Dyson worked around a two-out single and stolen base by Tommy Edman in the eighth, before Smith induced Dexter Fowler to hit into a game-ending double play in the ninth after a Paul Goldschmidt single for his 23rd save.

Flaherty had the game's only extra-base hit other than Longoria's homer, a sixth-inning double off Samardzija.

Yairo Munoz had a pair of singles for the Cardinals, who out-hit the Giants 6-2.

The loss completed a 4-5 trip for St. Louis, which will take a 44-44 record into the All-Star break.

Alex Dickerson had the Giants' only other hit, a single that followed Longoria's homer.

The Giants, who beat the Cardinals 8-4 on Saturday, won their third consecutive series and go into the break at 41-48, the first time they've been seven or fewer games under .500 since May 23.

--Field Level Media

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