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Cain finally earns first victory, helps Giants shut out Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain's pitch count crept up in a hurry and he walked more batters than he would like. Still, San Francisco's hard-luck right-hander finally caught a break.

Cain ended a 10-start winless stretch dating to last season, taking advantage of an early lead that held up in the Giants' 4-0 victory against the slumping Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

It was his first victory since beating the Rockies last Aug. 28.

"That's the least of my worries," Cain said. "I wanted to get us out of the nasty streak we got in against Cincinnati the last couple of days."

French-born Bruce Bochy moved past former San Francisco skipper Felipe Alou for most victories by a foreign-born manager in major league history with 1,034.

Aaron Rowand doubled and drove in two runs, including when he and Rich Aurilia each drew bases-loaded walks to force home a pair of insurance runs in the fifth. Rowand hit an RBI single in the first and Ray Durham also singled in a run that inning.

Cain (1-2) pitched four-hit ball and walked five over 5 1/3 innings, ending a five-start winless stretch to start the year. Vinnie Chulk, Tyler Walker and Brian Wilson finished the eight-hit shutout. Wilson struck out two, then allowed back-to-back hits in the ninth before getting Todd Helton on a called third strike to end it.

"No question it's great to get him a win," Bochy said. "He had good stuff. He didn't have his best command but he got it done. He's had some tough luck. ... It's nice for these starters to get wins. They work hard out there. For him, this is big. It's been a long time."

The Giants bounced back from losing a weekend series at home to Cincinnati, earning their fourth shutout. The Rockies were blanked for the third time.

Colorado manager Clint Hurdle was ejected in the first inning for arguing a balk call -- and wound up missing a two-minute delay for a neighborhood power outage in the bottom of the seventh.

With one out in the first and Emmanuel Burriss aboard on a single, Colorado starter Franklin Morales (1-2) was called for a balk that moved Burriss to second.

Hurdle was yelling at plate umpire Paul Emmel from the dugout when Emmel tossed him, then Hurdle hustled to the field and spent several more minutes arguing with the umpire before finally heading for the tunnel to the clubhouse. It was Hurdle's first ejection of 2008.

"Obviously, Franklin's been called balking to first base before," Hurdle said. "I feel like he's under some scrutiny. I just felt it was a poor call. (The umpire) didn't think so. You know you can't argue a balk call but I didn't leave the dugout. I turned my back to walk away from it and he threw me out."

Durham followed Burriss with an RBI single, and Rowand singled in a run two batters later to stake Cain to a quick 2-0 cushion.

The Rockies, the defending National League champions, have lost eight of nine and their 1-8 record since April 20 is the worst in the majors. They are 1-4 in Morales' starts this year.

Morales walked three to load the bases in the fifth, leaving after putting Bengie Molina on base with the third free pass. Kip Wells relieved, gave up two walks and threw nine pitches before he was done.

"The wheels came off in the fifth," Hurdle said. "There's some flashes of some good things and there's still some inconsistencies."

Cain -- who went 7-16 last season despite consistently pitching well -- allowed four hits, struck out three and matched his season high with five walks. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 of his 12 career outings against Colorado, and owns a 6-3 record against the Rockies. He faced them in his major league debut on Aug. 29, 2005.

Colorado's Garrett Atkins extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a sixth-inning double.

Randy Winn and Durham pulled off a double steal in the fifth, and Eugenio Velez stole his sixth bag of the year in the eighth. The Giants had four steals on the night and have 30 stolen bases in the opening month for the most in San Francisco history, topping the 1999 team that had 28 in the initial month.

Notes

  • Before the game, the Giants demoted $126 million left-hander Barry Zito to the bullpen to work out his problems as a reliever. Zito, the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with Oakland, has lost his first six starts this season and has a 7.53 ERA that jumped considerably after Zito was tagged for eight earned runs in a 10-1 loss Sunday to Cincinnati.
  • The Rockies have now played in every NL West stadium this season.
  • Morales, who has given up seven runs in first innings this season, matched his career high with five walks.
 
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Matt Cain fights off the Rockies -- and his bad luck -- for his first win of the season.  (AP)
Matt Cain fights off the Rockies -- and his bad luck -- for his first win of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

R. Durham
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

M. Cain
IP 5.1
H 4
ER 0
BB 5
K 3
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5010002 .267
Todd Helton, 1B4000124 .280
Matt Holliday, LF4010001 .310
Garrett Atkins, 3B4020001 .330
Brad Hawpe, RF2000211 .241
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000113 .152
Jeff Baker, 2B4010024 .194
Yorvit Torrealba, C3020110 .254
Franklin Morales, P1000002 .100
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Podsednik, PH1000001 .310
    Josh Newman, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1010000 .310
Totals3208057  
a-flied out for Speier in the 7th
b-singled for Newman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garrett Atkins (6, Cain)
SH - Franklin Morales (1)
PK - Matt Holliday (1, Cain)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Baker-Helton, Helton-Tulowitzki
Colorado Rockies
Franklin Morales (L,1-2) 4.1644510 6.39
Kip Wells0000200 2.29
Ryan Speier 1.2000020 1.74
Josh Newman 2300100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Franklin Morales 82-43, Kip Wells 9-1, Ryan Speier 21-14, Josh Newman 41-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Franklin Morales 7-3, Ryan Speier 1-2, Josh Newman 4-2
Batters Faced - Franklin Morales 22, Kip Wells 2, Ryan Speier 5, Josh Newman 10
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, RF4100103 .235
Emmanuel Burriss, SS4110004 .235
Ray Durham, 2B4221102 .250
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Bengie Molina, C3000102 .301
Aaron Rowand, CF3022100 .308
Rich Aurilia, 1B2011201 .232
Jose Castillo, 3B4000016 .213
Daniel Ortmeier, LF3020003 .258
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   a- Eugenio Velez, PH-2B1010000 .263
Matt Cain, P1000111 .125
    Fred Lewis, LF1000110 .329
Totals3049483  
a-singled for T. Walker in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Ortmeier 2 (3, Morales, Morales)
SH - Emmanuel Burriss (1)
RBI - Ray Durham (5), Aaron Rowand 2 (12), Rich Aurilia (7)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (5)
SB - Randy Winn (5, 3rd base off Morales/Torrealba), Ray Durham 2 (3, 2nd base off Morales/Torrealba, 2nd base off Morales/Torrealba), Eugenio Velez (6, 2nd base off Newman/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Durham-Aurilia
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (W,1-2) 5.1400530 4.41
Vinnie Chulk (H,2) 1.2100010 2.08
Tyler Walker 1100000 2.45
Brian Wilson 1200030 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 109-64, Vinnie Chulk 22-13, Tyler Walker 12-7, Brian Wilson 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 5-6, Vinnie Chulk 1-3, Tyler Walker 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 23, Vinnie Chulk 6, Tyler Walker 4, Brian Wilson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30153
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Bill Miller