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SAN FRANCISCO -- To think Matt Cain has only seven victories despite pitching well enough for about twice that total. He has never been one to be bitter for such fortunes in baseball.
"I've probably had that confidence, then sometimes you just have to find it," Cain said. "A couple good starts in a row can help you get on a roll. ... You don't think about wins and losses. You just tell yourself, 'Keep throwing strikes and keep doing what you're doing.' "
Ivan Ochoa and Aaron Rowand each hit RBI singles for San Francisco, which won for the third time in four games and earned only its 21st home victory of 2008. Ochoa's RBI was the first of his major league career.
Cain didn't allow a baserunner past second until Casey Kotchman's two-out triple in the sixth, then Kotchman scored the Braves' first run on Omar Infante's RBI single moments later. Kotchman hit his first triple since May 20, 2007, while with the Los Angeles Angels.
Cain (7-9) -- who is putting more energy into his conditioning between starts and reaping the benefits late in games -- allowed one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out six and walked five on a chilly and foggy summer night in the Bay Area, with a first-pitch temperature of 61 degrees. He received more than a one-run cushion for the first time since July 6.
"He's pitched much better than his record," Winn said. "He's got a world of talent."
Jack Taschner relieved with the bases loaded and recorded the final out of the seventh, getting Brian McCann to pop up. Tyler Walker recorded two outs in the eighth and Brian Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts for his NL-leading 31st save in 33 opportunities.
Cain escaped a second-inning jam after allowing a one-out walk to McCann, the cleanup hitter, before plunking Kotchman in the right wrist, but then retired the next two hitters to get out of it.
"This is what Cain's capable of doing," Taschner said. "This is the Matt Cain we've all seen."
McCann returned to the lineup after missing a week with a mild concussion.
"I felt fine. Pitches seemed a little harder," he said. "I hadn't seen live pitching in a week. But I felt good. I came up in a big situation and didn't get the job done. I got a pitch to drive and just missed it."
The Braves, who have dropped three consecutive series, lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Kelly Johnson singled in Atlanta's other run in the eighth after Infante doubled.
Jair Jurrjens (10-7) lost for the fourth time in his past six decisions, making his first career appearance against the Giants and in San Francisco's waterfront ballpark.
For a change, Braves manager Bobby Cox was thrilled not to be asked how he would pitch to Barry Bonds. The home run king, out of a job this year, is coming up on the one-year anniversary Thursday of the day he broke Hank Aaron's home run record.
"Weird," Cox said. "Your stomach doesn't churn when you come to the ballpark -- what are you going to do, walk him? Pitch to him? ... I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that. It's the truth. You'd have to think for the other managers it was the same. He was that dominant. I haven't seen Barry. I haven't read about him."
Cain singled in the fourth for his seventh hit this season, one shy of his career best set in 2006. He came around to score his third run of 2008 with a slide into home, matching his most that he also accomplished last year.
"That was fun. I felt like I was slow as molasses, but I got there in time," Cain said.
|Matt Cain is so good he doesn't even have to look at the plate, striking out six in 6 2/3 innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Gregor Blanco, LF||3||0||0||0||2||1||1||.264|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.279|
|Mark Kotsay, CF||4||0||1||0||1||1||0||.288|
|Brian McCann, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.300|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Omar Infante, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.302|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||3||.274|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||3||0||0||1||1||1||1||.230|
|Jair Jurrjens, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.093|
|a- Greg Norton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ruben Gotay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.214|
|Jeff Bennett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|a-lined out for Jurrjens in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Boyer in the 8th|
|2B - Yunel Escobar (16, Cain), Omar Infante (13, Taschner)|
|3B - Casey Kotchman (1, Cain)|
|RBI - Omar Infante (20), Jeff Francoeur (49)|
|2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (6)|
|SB - Kelly Johnson (10, 2nd base off Cain/Holm)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Johnson-Escobar-Kotchman|
|E - Kelly Johnson (11, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jair Jurrjens (L,10-7)||6||9||4||3||3||1||0||3.12|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 107-70, Blaine Boyer 11-7, Jeff Bennett 5-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 14-3, Blaine Boyer 1-1, Jeff Bennett 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 30, Blaine Boyer 3, Jeff Bennett 3|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Randy Winn, RF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.284|
|Ivan Ochoa, SS||3||0||2||1||1||0||1||.323|
|Fred Lewis, LF||3||1||0||0||1||0||5||.278|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.279|
|John Bowker, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||1||2||.254|
|Rich Aurilia, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Jose Castillo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.253|
|Emmanuel Burriss, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Steve Holm, C||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.256|
|Matt Cain, P||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.163|
|Jack Taschner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eugenio Velez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.209|
|Brian Wilson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded into a double play for T. Walker in the 8th|
|2B - Randy Winn (24, Jurrjens)|
|RBI - Randy Winn (43), Ivan Ochoa (1), Aaron Rowand (56), John Bowker (40)|
|2-OUT RBI - Randy Winn (14), Ivan Ochoa (1)|
|SB - Randy Winn (22, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann)|
|CS - Emmanuel Burriss (3, 2nd base by Jurrjens/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Burriss-Ochoa-Bowker|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Matt Cain (W,7-9)||6.2||5||1||1||5||6||0||3.60|
|Jack Taschner (H,12)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.32|
|Tyler Walker (H,18)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.57|
|Brian Wilson (S,31)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.26|
|HBP - Kotchman (by Matt Cain)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 108-64, Jack Taschner 17-12, Tyler Walker 11-7, Brian Wilson 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 9-4, Tyler Walker 1-0, Brian Wilson 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Cain 30, Jack Taschner 4, Tyler Walker 2, Brian Wilson 3|
|Attendance - 37473|
|Game Time - 2:40|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Kerwin Danley|