Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run, and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-1 at Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
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Wainwright, who evened his record to 10-10, struck out seven Giants hitters, walked three and gave up five hits. San Francisco's lone run came on a Marco Scutaro sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
The Cardinals got all the runs they would need on Beltran's homer, which came in the first inning. The Cardinals' final run came in the sixth inning on a sac fly by Allen Craig.
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