SAN FRANCISCO – First Kevin Gausman lost his no-hitter, then the shutout and eventually the game.
Matt Carpenter had the big blow with a two-run triple in the seventh inning against Gausman Monday as the Giants fell 5-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park.
Gausman (8-3) threw 6 1/3 no-hit innings before the Cardinals broke through, and St. Louis got an equally stout performance from starter and winning pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim (3-5).
Kim, a left-hander, had little trouble navigating the Giants’ right-handed hitting lineup, giving up just three hits and no runs in seven innings. He threw 89 pitches and struck out two.
The Giants didn’t have a runner past first base until Alex Dickerson hit a pinch solo home run (his eighth) against reliever Giovanny Gallegos with two out in the eighth inning. All-Star closer Alex Reyes pitched the ninth in a non-save situation for St. Louis, with the Giants making things interesting by getting a run-scoring single by Donovan Solano and an RBI groundout from Steven Duggar.
Reyes, however, struck out LaMonte Wade Jr. to end the game.
Carpenter’s triple came with two outs in inning which began with a near-crowd of 32,644 warming to the idea that they may be witnessing the eighth no-hitter of the major league season as well as the 18th in Giants history.
After retiring Paul Goldschmidt on a grounder to short on the first pitch of the inning, Nolan Arenado let the air out of the park with a clean single to left field.
Gausman came back to strike out Yadier Molina, but Tommy Edman followed with an over-shift single to short, hitting a roller Brandon Crawford couldn’t have done anything with even had he fielded it cleanly.
Carpenter hitting .177 coming in to the game, launched a drive Austin Slater couldn’t catch up with in left center field. It bounced off the fence, with Arenado and Edman both racing around to score. Gausman struck out Harrison Bader to end the inning, his eighth of the game on his 99th pitch.
That would be it for Gausman, a newly anointed National League All-Star, with Zack Littell replacing him in the eighth inning for the Giants.
Gausman, who lost to the Dodgers 3-1 in his previous start, has back to back losses for the first time this season.
St. Louis scored off a hard-luck Littell on a bloop RBI single by Arenado, with Goldschmidt also getting a bloop single in the inning. In the ninth, the Cardinals added two more runs against reliever Jimmy Sherfy on a run-scoring single from Edman and a sacrifice fly by Jose Rondon.
Dickerson’s pinch hit home run was his second of the season and fifth of his career.
The Giants fell 53-31, with St. Louis, in fourth place in the N.L. Central, improving to 42-44.
The teams play the second game of the series Tuesday night at Oracle, with Johnny Cueto (6-4) opposing Adam Wainwright (6-5).