Giants jump out to 5-0 lead over Cardinals

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Aided by a Pete Kozma error on a Ryan Vogelsong grounder, not to mention the intentional walk that came before it, the Giants built an early 5-0 lead in the second inning against Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals in Sunday night’s Game 6.

The Giants scored once on the first on a Marco Scutaro walk, a Pablo Sandoval double and a Buster Posey RBI groundout. The other four runs all came in the second.

Brandon Belt tripled to start that inning. Carpenter bounced back to fan Gregor Blanco, but then the decision was made to walk Crawford, the No. 8 hitter, and try to set up the double play with the pitcher up. Kozma committed an error, allowing one run to score. Carpenter struck out Angel Pagan afterwards for the second out, but back-to-back hits from Scutaro and Sandoval plated three runs, all of which were unearned.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, have gotten just one hitter on base in three innings against Vogelsong. That was Matt Carpenter, who replaced the injured Matt Holliday in the lineup. He walked in the first.

Astros release Jon Singleton

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The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.

If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.