After watching his teammates take two of three from the Cardinals, Buster Posey got in on the fun today.
Posey singled in his first three trips to the plate and scored two runs as the Giants clinched a series victory with an 8-0 win over the Cardinals.
The Giants scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back, adding to their lead with runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings. That was more than enough support for Tim Hudson, who pitched seven strong innings.
Joaquin Arias went 3-for-4 with three RBI in place of Michael Morse, who was a late scratch after fouling a pitch off his foot yesterday. It was Arias' first start since May 14, and he raised his average from .125 to .174 on Sunday.
The Giants ran their road record to 18-11. They have won nine of their last 11.
Starting pitching report
The beat goes on for Hudson. The 38-year-old starter lowered his ERA to 1.75, second in the majors behind Johnny Cueto.
Hudson continued his efficient ways, allowing three hits while walking two and striking out six. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 15 innings.
The only hiccup for Hudson came when he hit Allen Craig in the head with an 89-mph fastball in the third inning. It was the third time a player got plunked in this series, but this beaning hardly seemed intentional. After retiring the next hitter to end the inning, Hudson walked over to Craig and patted him on the back.
Javier Lopez allowed a single and nothing else in the eighth. David Huff rebounded nicely after allowing four runs in each of his last two outings with a perfect ninth.
At the plate
The Giants sent nine men to the plate in the first. They started the game with three straight singles off Lance Lynn, including a run-scoring hit from Posey.
Arias drove in a pair with a two-out, bases loaded single in the first, then he knocked in another run in the third inning with a single.
Lynn shut out the Yankees in his previous start, but only lasted 3.1 innings against the Giants. San Francisco tagged Lynn for seven runs (four earned), eight hits and four walks.
Brandon Crawford snapped an 0-for-11 skid with a ground-rule double off Carlos Martinez to drive in a run in the fourth.
Gregor Blanco went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in the sixth. He's 11-for-24 over his last eight games.
In the field
The Giants seem to be on their toes during Hudson's starts, and today was no exception.
The Cardinals announced a paid attendance of 42,734, and most of them are probably happy the Giants won't be returning to Busch Stadium this year.
After a day off tomorrow, the Giants will take on the Reds for a three-game series in Cincinnati. Tim Lincecum (4-3, 4.18 ERA) and right-hander Homer Bailey (5-3, 5.04) will start on Tuesday. Bailey pitched a no-hitter the last time he faced the Giants. Ryan Vogelsong (3-2, 3.45) and lefty Tony Cingrani (2-5, 4.01) will take the mound on Wednesday evening. Madison Bumgarner (7-3, 2.85) and right-hander Mike Leake (3-4, 2.92) are scheduled to pitch on Thursday.