Huff hits three HRs, Giants take three from Cards

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Huff hits three HRs, Giants take three from Cards

June 1, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS POSTGAME VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD

ST. LOUIS (AP) The San Francisco Giants' top RBI man finally acted like him again.Aubrey Huff hit three home runs and matched his career best with six RBIs, and the San Francisco Giants hammered a pair of rookie pitchers making their major league debut in a 12-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night."It's a tremendous day," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a day he'll never forget and a big day for us."Huff, who entered batting .219, hit two-run homers in the fourth and ninth innings and a solo shot in the seventh for his first three-homer game. He also had an RBI single in the sixth. Huff raised his average 14 points while leading the surge for the Giants, who set a season high for runs."When Huffie gets going, he can carry the team. He did it last year," said Freddy Sanchez, who had a homer and four RBIs. "He's getting that confidence back and his swing is back."I don't think it's any coincidence that he's getting it going and we're getting going."Huff has four homers and seven RBIs the last two games after totaling four RBIs the previous 16 games.Colby Rasmus hit his second career grand slam and had a career-best six RBIs to help make it a contest for the Cardinals, who dropped three of four at home to the Giants for the first time since June 30-July 3, 2003. Albert Pujols had two hits, a steal and scored twice."He's got a ton of talent," manager Tony La Russa said of Rasmus. "The more at-bats, the more consistent he'll be."But Rasmus misplayed a leadoff double by pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to open the Giants' three-run sixth, drifting to his right on a ball in the gap that bounced off the warning track and into the stands."I kind of gave up on it there a little bit," Rasmus said. "I ain't going to blame it on anything, I just missed the play."The NL Central-leading Cardinals had been 13-1-1 in their previous 15 series since dropping two of three at San Francisco from April 8-10, leaving town with a 3-6 record.Triple-A callup Lance Lynn (0-1) needed 56 pitches to get through five innings while working on three days' rest, but retired only one of four hitters to start the Giants' sixth. Double-A reinforcement Mikail Cleto hit 98 mph several times on the stadium radar gun in the seventh but walked the first two hitters and surrendered back-to-back homers to Freddy Sanchez and Huff in a five-run inning that made it 10-3."There wasn't anything in Lynn's stuff to say he was pitching on short rest," La Russa said. "I mean, the situation was difficult. It would be difficult for anybody who would have pitched in the big leagues."Lynn said he wasn't tired, just made some poor pitches starting with Jonathan Sanchez's leadoff double."I felt good," Lynn said. "I need to keep pushing and fighting to get deeper into games."La Russa slotted Lynn ahead of Jaime Garcia in the rotation, giving the left-hander an extra day to get over a poor outing in which he surrendered 12 runs in 3 1-3 innings in Colorado. The move also set up Garcia, Kyle Lohse and Chris Carpenter to face the Cubs in a weekend series starting Friday, but left the Cardinals short in the finale against the Giants.La Russa was out to the mound for a pep talk with Cleto before Huff finished rounding the bases on his seventh homer of the season.Jonathan Sanchez (4-3) allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings, surviving a season-high six walks. Freddy Sanchez had a season high for RBIs with a three-run homer in the seventh and a run-scoring groundout in the sixth.The Giants entered the night with the second-lowest run total in the National League and are minus two big bats with catcher Buster Posey out for the season and Pablo Sandoval about to begin a rehab assignment from wrist surgery."Our numbers were so low it was a matter of time before these guys would get it going," Bochy said. "We're getting more consistent quality ABs, and I'm a firm believer that the more opportunities you create, the more times you're going to score."Rasmus' two-run triple put the Cardinals ahead 3-0 in the third, and his grand slam came in the seventh against Guillermo Mota, who has allowed at least one run in his last five appearances with a total of eight runs given up. Hitters are 11 for 23 against him during that stretch.NOTES: Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot singled in the second and has a career-best, 16-game hitting streak, the longest current run in the majors. ... Bochy doesn't think injured 2B Mark DeRosa (wrist) is close to returning, adding, "He says he doesn't feel anything, which shocks me." ... Huff has 13 career multihomer games. ... Bochy said rookie first baseman Brandon Belt (wrist), who missed two games after being hit by a pitch on Tuesday, will take swings Friday and could return to the lineup then.

Chargers go silent in fourth, fall to Buccaneers

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Chargers go silent in fourth, fall to Buccaneers

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SAN DIEGO -- Jameis Winston threw a go-ahead, 12-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate midway through the fourth quarter and Keith Tandy intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their fourth straight victory, 28-21 victory against San Diego on Sunday.

Rivers had the Chargers on the move in the final minutes before Tandy got in front of a pass to Dontrelle Inman and picked it off.

Tandy's momentum carried him into the end zone, giving the Bucs the ball on their 20. They were able to run out the clock.

The Bucs (7-5) pulled into a tie with Atlanta atop the NFC South.

Tampa Bay benefited from a short punt by Drew Kaser to start the winning drive on their 46. Winston found Brate for the TD on the fourth play of the drive, and then hit Mike Evans on a conversion pass for a 28-21 lead.

Rivers threw two second-half interceptions, including Lavonte David's pick-6.

The Chargers (5-7) were trying to get back to .500 for the first time since Week 2. They remain buried in the AFC West basement.

With the Chargers nursing a 14-10 lead and deep in their territory, Rivers' pass to Tyrell Williams was deflected by Vernon Hargreaves. David caught it and ran in from 15 yards to give the Bucs their first lead of the game.

Rivers came right back and led a drive capped by a nice 40-yard touchdown toss to Williams for a 21-17 lead.

Tampa Bay got inside the San Diego 20-yard line on its next drive, but had to settle for Roberto Aguayo's 27-yard field goal.

Winston's go-ahead scoring pass to Brate came with 9:01 to play.

Rivers threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Inman on the game's first possession. Winston was intercepted by Casey Hayward on Tampa Bay's first possession butJosh Lambo was wide left on a 53-yard field goal try.

Winston then led the Bucs on a drive capped by Doug Martin's 2-yard touchdown run on a great second effort.

STREAKING:
The Bucs outscored the Chargers 21-7 in the second half. They've also beaten Chicago, Kansas City and Seattle in their winning streak. Winston completed 20 of 30 for 280 yards.

BOSA WATCH:
Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa sacked Winston for a 12-yard loss on second-and-10 from the San Diego 15 late in the first half. Jacquizz Rodgers got 14 back on the next play, but the Bucs had to try a 31-yard field goal and Aguayo pushed it wide right.

Bosa has 5 1/2 sacks. He might have had more by now, but he missed all of training camp in a nasty contract spat with the Spanos family and then hurt a hamstring that cost him the first four games.

INJURIES:
Tampa Bay wide receiver Cecil Shorts III was taken off the field on a cart after sustaining a knee injury on a hard hit by San Diego's Jahleel Addae following a catch on the Bucs' first possession. Shorts was tended to for a few minutes and then put on the cart. The entire Buccaneers team came out near the cart, and several of the players slapped hands with the wide receiver. Shorts pumped a fist toward his teammates as he was driven off.

Tampa Bay also lost WR Adam Humphries with a concussion and tight end Luke Stocker with an ankle injury.

Cardinals beat Washington, allow Cowboys to clinch playoff spot

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Cardinals beat Washington, allow Cowboys to clinch playoff spot

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carson Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, David Johnson scored twice and the Arizona Cardinals held on to beat Washington 31-23 on Sunday.

The loss by Washington (6-5-1) clinched a playoff spot for the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys.

Palmer's 25-yard touchdown pass to Johnson with 11:09 to play put Arizona ahead 24-20, the fourth lead change of the second half.

After a Washington field goal, Palmer's 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson with 1:56 padded gave the Cardinals (5-6-1) a 31-23 lead.

Washington drove to the Arizona 28-yard line before Patrick Peterson's interception of Kirk Cousins' pass with 41 seconds left sealed the victory.

Johnson, who also scored on a 1-yard run, became the second player in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in the first 12 games of a season. Edgerrin James was the other.

Johnson carried the ball 18 times for 84 yards and caught nine passes for another 91.

Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 78 yards, moving past Cris Carter into third on the NFL career receptions list.

Cousins completed 21 of 37 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown. His 59-yard pass to DeSean Jackson on the first series of the second half set up his 1-yard touchdown sneak.

In the third quarter, Cousins was stripped of the ball by Calais Campbell, and Markus Golden returned the fumble 20 yards to set up Palmer's six-yard touchdown pass toMichael Floyd.

That gave Arizona a 17-13 lead. Washington came right back. Cousins threw to a wide-open Jamison Crowder on a 26-yard touchdown play to put Washington back on top, 20-17, with 1:06 left in the third quarter.

The Cardinals avoided what would have been the team's first three-game losing streak since coach Bruce Arians came to the desert four seasons ago.

INJURIES:
Washington center Spencer Long left the game early to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return.

Washington was without standout tight end Jordan Reed and Arizona didn't have do-everything defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. Both have shoulder injuries.

UP NEXT:
Washington: Washington returns to NFC East play with a game at Philadelphia next on Sunday.

Cardinals: Arizona travels across the country to face Miami on Sunday.