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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Rich Aurilia picked a good time to belt his first home run of the season, breaking a tie game in the seventh inning with a leadoff blast to help give the Giants a 5-3 win over the Cardinals. Ryan Broyles Jersey . Merkin Valdez (2-0) hurled a 1-2-3 seventh to pick up the win behind Jonathan Sanchez, who allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 frames for the Giants, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the Braves before taking two of three in this set. Aurilia, who entered as part of a double switch in the fifth inning, went 2- for-2 with two runs scored, while Aaron Rowand also scored twice during a two- hit effort. Adam Wainwright (5-3) was touched for four runs on 10 hits in seven innings for St. Louis, which had won three straight series. Nick Stavinoha hit a two- run double in defeat. Wainwright was ahead 1-2 in the count to Aurilia in the seventh, but the veteran managed to get more than enough of the next pitch, sending it into the left field seats for a 4-3 lead. Jeremy Affeldt stranded a pair of Cardinals runners by striking out Joe Thurston in the eighth, and in the bottom half, San Fran added an insurance run on Bengie Molinas pinch-hit sacrifice fly. "That is a big run in a one-run ballgame," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It takes a lot of pressure off our pitcher with the heart of their order coming up." Brian Wilson closed it out in the ninth, giving up an Albert Pujols leadoff single before retiring the next three for his 12th save of the season. Randy Winn and Ryan Ludwick exchanged sac pop outs in the first and third inning, respectively. The Cards left the bases loaded in that frame, but filled the bags again in the fifth with one out. Stavinoha knocked in a pair with a double just out of Rowands reach in center. Brandon Medders entered from the Giants bullpen and silenced the rally, and the hosts tied the game in the bottom half. Edgar Renterias groundout made it 3-2, and Pablo Sandovals two-out single to right plated the tying run. Game Notes: Wainwright had given up just three earned runs in his previous three starts... The Giants are 10-5 in the series since the start of the 2007 campaign... Pujols and Brendan Ryan each finished with three hits for St. Louis...The Giants relievers combined to allow just two hits and three walks in 4 2/3 scoreless innings...Rowand exited in the top of the eighth after rolling an ankle. Brian Orakpo Womens Jersey . Hillis practised Friday for the first time since Nov. 4 and may play on Sunday at Cincinnati. Hillis first got hurt on Oct. 16 in Oakland and was poised to return three weeks ago before he aggravated the hamstring during practice. Nate Burleson Jersey . Gonchar was injured following a knee on knee collision with Capitals star Alex Ovechkin who received a minor penalty on the play. Calais Campbell Jersey . Melvena Cooke was charged Wednesday with attempted bank robbery. She is free on US$4,500 bond and was released into her daughters custody. Cooke walked into the Bank of America branch Tuesday morning and told a teller that shed just come from the dentist and could only speak quietly, according to anFBI affidavit. Clinton Portis Redskins Jersey . The local luge star is visiting her home track in Calgary on Friday to lead Canadas team at a World Cup. Alan Page Vikings Jersey . Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer could be forgiven for wanting to put some space between themselves and the always dangerous Woods at the Emirates Golf Course. Instead, they both say the third-ranked Woods remains the biggest draw in professional golf and returning to the form that saw him win 14 majors can only be good for the game.World No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic and China Open winner Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, unfazed by the military coup in Thailand, top a strong lineup at the Thailand Open starting Monday. Returning to the Thai capital for the second time after reaching the semifinal in the inaugural edition in 2003, Ljubicic played tourist Saturday, taking to the street to pose for pictures with tanks and soldiers. The 27-year-old Croat will be looking for his third title this season, having previously taken the honors at Chennai and on his home court in Zagreb. He opens his first round at the indoor courts of Impact Arena against Spains Fernando Vincente. Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, a quarterfinalist last year, and Frenchman Gael Monfils have withdrawn from the US$550,000 (euro430,000) tournament, citing injuries. Climbing to his highest-ever rank this week at No. 8, Australian Open runner-up Baghdatis arrived in Bangkok last Tuesday, when the coup took place. Steve Largent Seahawks Jersey. But he also carried on as planned, making some promotional public appearances. Baghdatis is set to play Julien Benneteau of France in the first round. Other big names joining the tournament include American James Blake, 2005 runner-up Andy Murray of Britain, Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, 2003 runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, Britains Tim Henman and former world No. 1 Marat Safin of Russia. Henman, who will play compatriot Murray in the first round, said he felt no fear about the political situation. I spoke to people before I came here and they said everything is all right. I feel comfortable here. I would not play here if Im not comfortable, said Henman, who lost to Murray twice this year. Paradorn Srichaphan will be carrying the hopes of fans who want to see the hometown favorite lift the trophy. Paradorn, who reached the semifinals in the past two years, faces off against Feliciano Lopez of Spain. ' ' '

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