Fly­ing High Gold­schmidt homers again, surg­ing Car­di­nals nip Pi­rates

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SAN FRAN­CISCO — Madi­son Bum­gar­ner puts it as sim­ply as pos­si­ble: “Win­ning solves every­thing.”

That con­stant trade spec­u­la­tion is what he means — some­thing he con­sid­ers “just noise.”

Pablo San­doval home­red with one out in the 13th in­ning, send­ing the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants past the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Tues­day night long af­ter Bum­gar­ner’s night was done.

San­doval just cleared the left-field fence with his first-pitch drive off Brad Brach (3-3) that went to re­play and was up­held to for­mally fin­ish the 3-hour, 45-minute game.

Sam Coon­rod (1-0), San Fran­cisco’s fifth re­liever, pitched the 13th for his first ca­reer vic­tory. The Gi­ants had missed a chance in the 10th when San­doval grounded out with the bases loaded.

The Panda told him­self af­ter that one, “You’re a bet­ter hit­ter than that,” then de­liv­ered to end it.

Bum­gar­ner struck out seven over seven in­nings in an­other strong start with­out a win to show for it, then San Fran­cisco won play­ing its fifth ex­tra-in­ning game in the last eight and fourth of the home­s­tand. The Gi­ants had a 16-in­ning vic­tory Bum­gar­ner’s last time out.

Jason Hey­ward hit a ty­ing sin­gle in the eighth for the Cubs, who have lost 10 of the last 14 in San Fran­cisco.

Bum­gar­ner, 9-2 in 14 ca­reer starts against the Cubs, du­eled with Yu Darvish af­ter the Cubs right-han­der had worked six score­less in­nings in each of his past two out­ings.

The Gi­ants’ re­cent turn­around has raised ques­tions about whether San Fran­cisco will try to trade Bum­gar­ner af­ter all if the club be­lieves it can le­git­i­mately con­tend down the stretch.

Not that Madbum or man­ager Bruce Bochy has shown they’re at all con­cerned about what’s next. They just want to keep win­ning — and that might just take care of Bum­gar­ner’s sta­tus it­self, if the Gi­ants can play them­selves back into the play­off mix.

“I haven’t even thought about it, just like he said the same thing,” Bochy said.

Fans cer­tainly showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion with reg­u­lar ova­tions again and Bum­gar­ner said, “This is a spe­cial place to me, it al­ways will be.”

Bum­gar­ner pitched a sea­son-high nine in­nings in last Thursday’s 16-in­ning win against the Mets.

“His com­pet­i­tive na­ture is the pri­mary in­gre­di­ent for me,” Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don said. “He com­petes as well as any ma­jor league player com­petes.”

The star left-han­der’s im­age looms large on a ban­ner hang­ing high on the left-field fa­cade out­side Or­a­cle Park, a sym­bol of his huge im­por­tance to the Gi­ants for more than a decade and of course as 2014 World Se­ries MVP. The poster reads, “It doesn’t get more SF.”

NE­WARK, N.J. — For­mer New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was ar­rested again in New Jer­sey on Mon­day night, this time on charges of driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated.

Gooden was pulled over af­ter driv­ing the wrong way down a one-way road, Ne­wark po­lice said. It was

PITTS­BURGH — With the bases loaded with no outs in a one-run game and Pitts­burgh All-star first base­man Josh Bell walk­ing into the bat­ter’s box, St. Louis Car­di­nals pitch­ing coach Mike Mad­dux paid a visit to rookie Dakota Hud­son and of­fered a re­minder.

Re­lax, Mad­dux told the 24-year-old. You’re a ground­ball pitcher. Get a ground­ball and get on with it.

“That was pretty much how it was,” Hud­son said. “I just went af­ter him and tried to at­tack him the best I could.”

Hud­son was OK with giv­ing up one run but not two. He needn’t have wor­ried. The way he’s deal­ing for the streak­ing Car­di­nals, it might be time to raise the bar.

Hud­son struck out Bell on three pitches, then got Colin Mo­ran to hit into an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble play to pre­serve the lead and help St. Louis hold on for a 4-3 vic­tory on Tues­day night.

“That was the key, the bases-loaded jam with no­body out,” St. Louis man­ager Mike Shildt said. “It was a huge part of the game. It kind of re­it­er­ates the point of not mak­ing it big­ger than it is, just bear­ing down and mak­ing pitches, knowing he’s two pitches away with what he has. He did a fan­tas­tic job.”

It was an ex­cla­ma­tion point on an out­ing that be­gan omi­nously for Hud­son (10-4). He gave up three runs be­fore record­ing an out — all on Star­ling Marte’s 17th home run — but set­tled down quickly. He didn’t al­low a run the rest of the way, work­ing 6 1/3 in­nings, giv­ing up six hits and three walks to im­prove to 8-1 in his last 12 starts. Gio­vanny Gal­le­gos and An­drew Miller re­tired the last eight Pitts­burgh bat­ters, with Miller throw­ing a per­fect ninth for his third save.

Paul Gold­schmidt, who hit a go-ahead grand slam in the 10th in­ning on Mon­day, de­liv­ered a two-run drive to the left-field seats in the third in­ning off Chris Archer (3-7). José Martínez put St. Louis in front with a solo shot lead­ing off the fifth , the sec­ond time he has been ar­rested in as many months.

Gooden, 54, was charged with drug pos­ses­sion charges af­ter two plas­tic bag­gies al­legedly con­tain­ing co­caine were found in his car dur­ing a traf­fic stop in Holmdel last month.

In a text mes­sage to News­day on Tues­day, Gooden thanked every­one for their sup­port “in this hor­ri­ble

and the pitch­ing did the rest as St. Louis moved to 9-3 since the All-star break to close ground on the first-place Chicago Cubs in the quickly widen­ing NL Cen­tral. “I think we’re go­ing to be good,” Martinez said. “Es­pe­cially win­ning these games, these close games, I think that gets us pumped up.” PITTS­BURGH PLUNGE The Car­di­nals and Pi­rates were sep­a­rated by a halfgame at the break. The gap has ex­panded con­sid­er­ably over the last two weeks. Pitts­burgh fell to 2-9 since over its last 11 games, with four of the losses to St. Louis. Pitts­burgh is av­er­ag­ing just three runs dur­ing its slide. “I think ob­vi­ously when you’re not scor­ing runs it looks like you’re press­ing,” Mo­ran said. “Just kind of in one of those ruts right now. I think we can get out of it any day.” Time is run­ning out. Archer couldn’t take ad­van­tage of the early cush­ion and has now given up 24 home runs in 96 2/3 in­nings. Ac­quired in a trade with Tampa Bay last summer that sent fu­ture All-star out­fielder Austin Mead­ows and pitcher Tyler Glas­now to the Rays, Archer is 6-10 with a 5.01 ERA

strug­gle.”

“My apolo­gies to every­one I let down or dis­ap­pointed . ... I have no excuse for my ac­tion so I am go­ing away for a while to try and save my life.” Gooden said. “This is the worst I’ve ever been through all my strug­gles. But I am go­ing to keep fight­ing no mat­ter how em­bar­rass­ing, shame­ful or self­ish I am feel­ing.” with the Pi­rates. Archer said he threw the ball right where he wanted on the Gold­schmidt homer, but Gold­schmidt turned on it any­way.

“Where we’re at in the sea­son, I’m not try­ing to give up any­thing,” Archer said. “I’m not try­ing to tip my cap. I’m try­ing to get people out. And just un­for­tu­nate that those home runs were hit.”

Gold­schmidt’s drive in­side the foul pole in left with one on in the third gave him six home runs this month and 20 for the fifth straight sea­son and sev­enth time in his nineyear big league ca­reer. Martínez, who pre­served a 6-5, 10-in­ning win Mon­day by throw­ing out Kevin New­man at home, put the Car­di­nals in front an in­ning later. Hud­son didn’t let the rally go to waste.

KELA EX­PECTED BACK Pi­rates man­ager Clint Hur­dle ex­pects the team to ac­ti­vate re­liever Keone Kela when he returns from a two-game sus­pen­sion on Wed­nes­day. The Pi­rates sus­pended Kela, who re­cently com­pleted a stint on the 60-day IL, on Mon­day for an un­spec­i­fied vi­o­la­tion of his con­tract.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Gooden’s at­tor­ney, Wil­liam Petrillo, de­clined to com­ment to News­day. Af­ter the June ar­rest, Petrillo asked the pub­lic to “re­serve judg­ment.”

He said that the for­mer player “is a kind man with a gen­er­ous heart, who con­tin­u­ally vol­un­teers his time doing char­i­ta­ble work. He is loved by many and has the full sup­port of fam­ily and

Car­di­nals: Ac­ti­vated right-handed re­liever Mike May­ers (strained right side) from the 60-day IL and des­ig­nated re­liever Chasen Shreve, cred­ited with Mon­day’s win, for as­sign­ment . ... 3B Matt Car­pen­ter (bruised right foot) was 0 for 2 with a walk for Triple-a Mem­phis and is sched­uled to re­turn to the Car­di­nals on Fri­day when he’s el­i­gi­ble to come off the IL.

Pi­rates: RF Gre­gory Polanco (left shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion) met with or­tho­pe­dic surgeon Dr. David Altchek in New York to have the shoul­der reeval­u­ated. The team shut down Polanco in the mid­dle of a re­hab as­sign­ment at Triple-a Indianapol­is af­ter Polanco, on the IL since June 22, com­plained of lin­ger­ing sore­ness.

UP NEXT

Car­di­nals: Adam Wain­wright (6-7, 4.50 ERA) is 13- against the Pi­rates, the sec­ond-most vic­to­ries against Pitts­burgh among active pitch­ers.

Pi­rates: Jordan Lyles (5-6, 4.91) is win­less since May 23 head­ing into his 17th start of the sea­son. Lyles is com­ing off his best per­for­mance since mid-may, al­low­ing one run on seven hits in 5 2/3 in­nings against Philadelph­ia last Fri­day. friends.”

Gooden won the Na­tional League Cy Young Award with the Mets in 1985 and was a mem­ber of the Mets 1986 World Se­ries cham­pi­onship team. He also played for the New York Yan­kees.

He was sus­pended from baseball for part of the 1994 sea­son and all of the 1995 sea­son af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for co­caine.

St. Louis Car­di­nals’ Paul Gold­schmidt rounds third af­ter hit­ting a two-run home run off Pitts­burgh Pi­rates start­ing pitcher Chris Archer dur­ing the third in­ning Tues­day.

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