Kwang Hyun Kim pitches Cardinals past Giants, St. Louis gets to Kevin Gausman – The Denver Post

SAN FRANCISCO — Kwang Hyun Kim pitched seven scoreless innings, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run triple in the seventh for the first runs of the game and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped San Francisco’s three-game winning streak by beating the Giants 5-3 on Monday.

Kim (3-5) allowed three hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Donovan Solano and Steven Duggar hit RBI singles in the ninth against Alex Reyes, but San Francisco’s comeback bid fell short.

Giants starter Kevin Gausman, who starred at Grandview High School in Aurora, didn’t allow a hit until Nolan Arenado’s one-out single in the seventh that started a two-run rally in what had been a scoreless game. After Yadier Molina struck out, Tommy Edman singled before Carpenter’s triple.

Arenado, an NL All-Star, added an RBI single in the eighth. Alex Dickerson slugged a pinch-hit home run in the bottom half of the inning that held up on replay review.

Gausman (8-3) began the day with a 1.68 ERA, the lowest through 16 starts of any Giants pitcher since the team moved West in 1958.

The right-hander, named an All-Star on Sunday, issued a one-out walk to Paul Goldschmidt in the first then didn’t allow another baserunner until Carpenter walked with one out in the fifth. But Gausman turned an inning-ending double play as Harrison Bader flied out and Carpenter was caught off first.

Third baseman Wilmer Flores made a diving stop of Edmundo Sosa’s hard grounder to start the sixth and fired to first.

St. Louis had scored two or fewer runs in each of its last 10 road losses but pulled this one off after finally getting to Gausman.

The Cardinals and Giants play again to begin the season’s second half at St. Louis — with the all-time series 351-350 with the Cardinals leading for the first time since May 27, 1999 (283-282).

Since 2019, St. Louis is 11-20 against the NL West on the road.

POSEY’S THUMB

Giants catcher Buster Posey was sore a day after bruising his left thumb during the sixth inning of a 5-2 win at Ariona when a foul tip hit him.