Scutaro, Giants romp past Cards
ST. LOUIS — The San Francisco Giants have had a reputation as a team with good pitching and light hitting.
After Marco Scutaro's grand slam and career-high seven RBIs helped the Giants paste the St. Louis Cardinals 15-0 Wednesday night, that may be changing.
The Giants have scored 56 runs on the first six games of their seven-game trip. San Francisco leads the NL with an average of 5.17 runs per game on the road.
"You see this lineup, and I don't see any reason why we can't continue doing that," said Scutaro, who had the most RBIs in a game for the Giants since Jeff Kent had seven on May 1, 2001.
Scutaro had an RBI single in the third, a two-run double in the eighth and then hit his third career slam, connecting in the ninth off Mitchell Boggs.
"I was lucky enough to have a good pitch to hit and hit it out of the ballpark," Scutaro said. "You're just trying to take a consistent approach, no matter the situation."
Ahead 2-0, the Giants broke it open with five runs in the sixth. They turned the game into a rout with four runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth.
"We don't have a lot of games like this," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's good to see the guys break out."
Ryan Vogelsong (10-5) gave up three hits in seven innings. He has gone at least six innings in all 21 of his starts, the longest such streak for a Giants pitcher since Bill Swift did it 24 straight times in 1993.
Hunter Pence had two hits and scored twice. He began the day batting .143 (4 for 28) in seven games for the Giants since being traded from Philadelphia.
Melky Cabrera also had two hits and scored two runs. He leads the majors with 154 hits.
Brewers 3, Reds 2
At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun snapped an 0-for-18 slump with an RBI double in the eighth inning, lifting Milwaukee to a three-game sweep of Cincinnati.
Dodgers 6, Rockies 4
At Los Angeles, Chad Billingsley shrugged off an inside-the-park home run by Eric Young Jr. on his fourth pitch of the game to win his fourth straight start, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Colorado to avoid a three-game sweep by baseball's worst pitching staff.
Ronald Belisario pitched a hitless eighth and Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 22nd save in 28 chances.
Padres 2, Cubs 0
At San Diego, Clayton Richard threw a five-hitter and San Diego swept Chicago.
Richard (9-11) held the Cubs to five singles and pitched out of trouble three times to hand Chicago its eighth straight loss.
Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6
At Pittsburgh, Neil Walker homered and drove in five runs, Kevin Correia won his seventh straight decision and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame four errors to beat Arizona
Walker hit a three-run homer in the first — his career-high 13th of the season — and added a two-run double in the fifth to give Pittsburgh the lead for good.
Braves 12, Phillies 6
At Philadelphia, Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the seventh after Tim Hudson blew a five-run lead and the Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia.
Ryan Howard's three-run homer off Hudson during a five-run fifth tied it at 6, but the wild card-leading Braves scored four runs after Antonio Bastardo (2-4) got the first two outs in the seventh.
Marlins 13, Mets 0
At New York, Giancarlo Stanton hit two two-run homers, Jose Reyes also connected against his former team and the Miami Marlins handed the Mets their ninth straight loss at home.
Nationals 4, Astros 3
At Houston, Gio Gonzalez pitched a nine-inning complete game and hit a home run — both career firsts — to lead the Washington Nationals past Houston.
Royals 2, White Sox 1
At Chicago, Jeremy Guthrie picked up his first victory since late May, scattering five hits over eight innings for Kansas City.
Guthrie (1-3), an Ashland native, got his first win with the Royals and improved to 4-12 overall since arriving in a late July trade with Colorado. He struck out five and walked none.
His last victory was an 11-5 decision over Houston on May 31. He struggled through nine losses in his next 13 appearances.
Athletics 9, Angels 8
At Oakland, Calif., Chris Carter hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run sixth inning and Oakland overcame a shaky outing by rookie Dan Straily.
George Kottaras homered and Yoenis Cespedes added a two-run single for the A's, who won the final two games of the series against their division rivals after losing the opener.
Orioles 9, Mariners 2
At Baltimore, Steve Johnson struck out nine over six innings in his first major league start and Matt Wieters tied a career high with five RBIs as Baltimore swept the three-game series.
Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds homered and Adam Jones had three hits for the Orioles, who have won five straight and eight of 10. It was Baltimore's 60th victory of the season, compared to 69 all last year.
Yankees 12, Tigers 8
At Detroit, Curtis Granderson snapped out of a short slump by hitting his 30th homer and driving four runs to help New York end Detroit's six-game winning streak.
Rangers 10, Red Sox 9
At Boston, Adrian Beltre had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning after Texas blew a late four-run lead and the Rangers beat Boston.
Josh Hamilton homered among his three hits and had four RBIs for Texas, which couldn't hold a 9-5 lead before pulling out its sixth win in eight games.
Indians 6, Twins 2
At Cleveland, Justin Masterson pitched seven strong innings and Shin-Soo Choo went 4-for-4 as Cleveland ended an 11-game losing streak.
Rays 3, Blue Jays 2
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Alex Cobb pitched seven solid innings for Tampa Bay.
Cobb (6-8) allowed one run and five hits, striking out seven.