The San Francisco Giants have established themselves as title contenders this season and sent a loud message Sunday by taking three of four from the Cardinals in St. Louis.
The Giants 8-0 win was their third shutout in their last six games and fifth overall this year. Sunday's winning pitcher, Tim Hudson has been part of three so far and improved his record to 6-2 on the day. It was the second straight start the righty allowed zero earned runs in seven innings and he now owns the second best ERA in the majors with a 1.75 mark. The Giants are 8-2 in his starts.
Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 12-games and Buster Posey broke out of his slump in the win. Coming into the game, Posey had just three hits in his previous 36 at-bats before smacking three in his first three at-bats today. He finished the day 3-for-5.
The Giants are 28-5 when scoring first, 6-4 versus the National League Central, 16-6 in day games and 21-11 against teams with a plus .500 record. The orange and black have won 12 of their 17 series this season, while going 13-4 in series finales.
The Giants will have Monday off before beginning a three-game series in Cincinnati on Tuesday against the Reds. The orange and black have lost 10 of their last 11 regular season games at Great American Ball Park. They did win three games in a row back in the 2012 postseason.
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