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Giants 8, Cardinals 2
John Bowker gets congratulations after his two-run homer. (Tom Gannam/AP)
Bengie Molina recorded three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run double that highlighted a six-run frame for the Giants. John Bowker finished off the inning with the third homer of his young career, giving plenty of breathing room for Jonathan Sanchez, who hurled five shutout innings.
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Series at a glance:
SF
San Francisco (8-11)
Won 2
San Francisco 8, St. Louis 2   STL
St. Louis (12-7)
Lost 2
April 20, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
San Francisco
0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 0   8 14 0
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   2 6 0
Standings thru 4/20/08  |  Recap: SF | STL  |  Gameday  |  Giants stats  |  Cardinals stats
San FranciscoABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lewis, LF5220012.304
Castillo, 3B4110112.246
  Valdez, P0000000.000
  Chulk, P0000000.000
Durham, 2B4221002.217
  Yabu, P0000000.000
  a-Ortmeier, PH-1B1000010.250
Molina, C5133000.292
Rowand, CF4122102.333
Bowker, RF5112022.364
Aurilia, 1B-3B4010101.182
Bocock, SS4010022.179
  Burriss, SS0000000.000
Sanchez, P3010011.125
  Velez, 2B1000001.231
Totals4081483815 

a-Struck out for Yabu in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Molina 2 (3, Looper, Looper), Durham (4, Looper).
HR: Bowker (3, 3rd inning off Looper, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Lewis 2; Castillo; Durham 3; Molina 5; Rowand 2; Bowker 4; Aurilia; Bocock; Sanchez.
RBI: Durham (4), Molina 3 (13), Rowand 2 (8), Bowker 2 (9).
2-out RBI: Rowand.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rowand 2; Castillo.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Lewis (2, 2nd base off Reyes/Molina).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Castillo-Durham-Aurilia, Durham-Bocock-Aurilia).

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Schumaker, CF3000021.317
  Villone, P1000010.000
Barton, LF4000031.321
Pujols, 1B4010010.349
Ludwick, RF-CF3110110.391
Glaus, 3B3121102.242
Molina, C3000113.263
Miles, 2B4010004.250
Looper, P0000100.167
  Reyes, P0000100.000
  Washington, RF2011001.158
Izturis, SS3000002.192
  a-Duncan, PH1000012.317
Totals3126251016 

a-Struck out for Izturis in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Glaus 2 (7, Sanchez, Chulk), Ludwick (5, Chulk), Washington (2, Chulk).
TB: Pujols; Ludwick 2; Glaus 4; Miles; Washington 2.
RBI: Glaus (10), Washington (3).
2-out RBI: Washington.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Miles 2; Washington; Duncan 2.
GIDP: Glaus; Izturis.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Barton (Molina at 2nd base).

 
San FranciscoIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sanchez (W, 1-1)5.02004504.50
Yabu 2.00001203.18
Valdez 1.00000201.08
Chulk 1.04220106.00
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Looper (L, 3-1)3.010770115.49
Reyes 3.04111202.79
Villone 3.00002501.17

Looper pitched to 1 batter in the 4th.

Pitches-strikes: Sanchez 101-59, Yabu 23-14, Valdez 14-9, Chulk 26-19, Looper 71-45, Reyes 63-39, Villone 49-28.
Ground outs-fly outs: Sanchez 7-3, Yabu 2-2, Valdez 1-0, Chulk 1-1, Looper 5-3, Reyes 2-4, Villone 3-1.
Batters faced: Sanchez 19, Yabu 7, Valdez 3, Chulk 7, Looper 19, Reyes 13, Villone 11.
Inherited runners-scored: Reyes 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Bruce Dreckman. 2B: Sam Holbrook. 3B: Gerry Davis.
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 3 mph, R to L.
T: 3:08.
Att: 41,127.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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