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Cards top Giants for 7th straight home win

Matt Carpenter came off the bench and delivered the hit that knocked out Matt Cain and helped St. Louis win again at Busch Stadium.

Carpenter's two-run single highlighted a three-run sixth and the Cardinals extended their home winning streak to seven games in an 8-2 triumph over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a four-game set.

Jon Jay tallied four hits, two RBI and a run scored for St. Louis, which won its fourth straight overall and sixth in its last seven games.

Jake Westbrook (11-8), a victor in his last four outings and five of his last six home starts, surrendered two runs on seven hits in six innings.

"He did a nice job, was down in the zone," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

Cain (10-5) fanned seven, but allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He is 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA over his last nine starts since tossing a perfect game on June 13.

"I thought he competed well tonight," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Give them credit, that's a good-hitting ball club. He was a hit away from it being a one-run ballgame and he's done and it's a quality start."

Buster Posey cracked a two-out solo homer over the wall in left-center to tie the contest at 2-2 in the sixth, but the Cards countered in the home half after pushing across three.

Matt Holliday laced a leadoff double into the left field corner, moved to third on Carlos Beltran's fly ball and waltzed home when David Freese lifted a sacrifice fly into center.

Consecutive singles by Yadier Molina and Jay, followed by Rafael Furcal's walk, loaded the bases with two away to set the stage for Carpenter, who pinch-hit for Westbrook.

He lined a 1-2 fastball the other way to left, which brought home Molina and Jay for a 5-2 St. Louis advantage.

"He came up in a perfect situation," Matheny said. "It was a great at-bat and a very timely RBI for us."

Freese's run-scoring base hit and Jay's two-run single in the seventh extended the margin to 8-2.

Earlier, Angel Pagan led off the contest by belting a homer to right, but the Cardinals answered by plating a pair in the second.

Beltran began the frame with a homer to right and Furcal's RBI single to center later in the inning gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead.

Game Notes

San Francisco's Hunter Pence went 0-for-4 and is 4-for-26 since being acquired from Philadelphia prior to Tuesday's trade deadline...The Giants were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position, while St. Louis finished 4-for-10.