Adam Wainwright

Johnny Cueto pitches 5-hitter, Giants beat Cardinals 6-2

Bruce Bochy gave his guys an afternoon off from batting practice and a late report time to the ballpark. His players got a chance to rest up a bit and refresh themselves with a mental break from the September grind.

It went so well, the Giants' manager is going with the same plan Friday.

"I think it was a really good call by Boch," outfielder Hunter Pence said. "He had a big impact on refueling us."

And then, Johnny Cueto went out and inspired his teammates with a timely gem.

The fist-pumping pitcher tossed a five-hitter and retired his final 17 batters, and San Francisco gained ground in the playoff race with a 6-2 victory over the St....