Giants get on the board early with bloops, outs

When a team faces a pitcher like Kyle Lohse, they know they're going to put the ball in play. Sometimes that's a bad thing -- balls pounded into the ground or, even worse, lined directly at opposing fielders.

Sometimes, though, it's a good thing, even if the balls put in play aren't hit especially hard. The Giants took the first lead of Game 3 on a pair of bloops and an out in the third inning. Angel Pagan led the frame off with a looping single to left-center, and Marco Scutaro followed with a soft liner just over the leaping Allen Craig down the first base line for a double.

Pablo Sandoval followed with an RBI groundout that also moved Scutaro to third with one out. But after Lohse fell behind Buster Posey trying to paint the corners, Posey was intentionally walked. That brought up motivational speaker Hunter Pence, who grounded into a double play, but really made you think positive thoughts as he did it.

The Cardinals trail the Giants 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third.

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