Molina's Doubles Help Giants Beat Cardinals

Catcher has three two-baggers in 8-2 road win for San Francisco
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 10:16 PM CDT
San Francisco Giants' Ray Durham, top, leaps over St. Louis Cardinals' Ryan Ludwick after getting him out at second in the fourth inning of their baseball game today in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
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(Newser) – Bengie Molina hit three doubles and drove in three runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 today. The Giants won the season series from St. Louis 4-3. All seven games were played in a span of 11 days. The Giants took two of three and handed St. Louis its first series loss of the season.

Jonathan Sanchez (1-1) pitched two-hit ball for five innings. The Cardinals did not score until getting two runs in the ninth off Vinnie Chulk. Braden Looper (3-1) allowed seven runs on 10 hits in three-plus innings. Looper ended a run of six consecutive April victories dating to last season. The Giants remain the only NL team he hasn't beaten.