Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants took advantage of three Cardinals errors to end a two-game losing streak.

Brandon Crawford drove in a pair of runs and although Matt Cain gave up more runs than usual, it was just enough run support to get the win as the Giants beat the Cardinals 7-5 on Thursday to split this brief two-game series.

Cain (3-2) pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, winning his first game at home since he tossed a one-hitter against the Pirates on April 13.

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was let down by his defense as the Redbirds committed errors in the first, second, and sixth innings. Each time, runs were scored affecting his outcome.

Wainwright (2-5) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs, but only two were earned. He walked four and struck out one.

The Giants gave themselves a three-run cushion in the seventh. With two runners on base, Brandon Belt hit an RBI double. Charlie Culberson later hit a weak ground ball allowing a second run to score as the Cardinals failed to turn a double play to end the inning.

St. Louis trailed by two in the top of the eighth after a home run to center field by Yadier Molina.

Cain gave up two runs in the opening frame. Skip Schumaker and Matt Carpenter both singled. With runners at first and third, Matt Holliday brought in Schumaker with a sacrifice fly. Lance Berkman doubled to left and David Freese scored Carpenter with another sac-fly.

The Giants answered in the bottom of the first. Crawford doubled, advanced to third on a fielding error by right fielder Carpenter.

Buster Posey cut the lead in half with a bloop single to right.

In the second, an error allowed Emmanuel Burriss to reach first, and Gregor Blanco walked. After a wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position, Crawford's two-run single briefly gave the Giants a 3-2 lead.

Holliday hit a two-run homer in the third to put the Redbirds up by a run.

The Giants would tie the game in the sixth. After a single by Angel Pagan and a double to left by Belt, Burriss delivered with a sac-fly to left.

With two outs, the Giants elected to pinch hit for Cain and the Cardinals lifted Wainwright for reliever Victor Marte. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Aubrey Huff hit a weak grounder toward third but Freese could not make a clean throw, and the ball sailed into the Cardinals dugout, allowing Huff to advance to second and Belt to score on the play to give the Giants a 5-4 edge.

Notes: With the unbalanced schedule, the Cardinals played only two games in San Francisco this season. ... Entering Thurday's matinee, the Cardinals were ranked second defensively in the National League with 19 errors. ... Wainwright has only one win vs. the Giants in seven career appearances (five starts). Wainwright vs. SF is 1-4 with a 3.35 ERA ... The Giants have the worst defense in the NL with 41 miscues. ... This was only the second career win for Cain against the Cardinals. He also beat them back on May 29, 2009 at AT&T Park. ... The Giants extended their sellout streak to 103 games, third most in MLB behind the Boston Red Sox (732) and Philadelphia Phillies (222)

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