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Cain quiets Braves, gives Giants third victory in past four games

CBSSports.com wire reports
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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.

Cain beat the Braves for the first time in three career tries, Randy Winn doubled in a run and had three hits and the San Francisco Giants won 4-2 against Atlanta on Monday night.

"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.

Notes

  • On Monday, Cox and the Braves were still dealing with the shocking death of Skip Caray. A voice of the Atlanta Braves for 33 years and part of a family line of baseball broadcasters that included Hall of Famer Harry Caray, he died at home on Sunday at age 68. "He helped me along a lot," Cox said. "He was a good friend of everybody." The Giants held a moment of silence before the game and showed Caray's picture on the main scoreboard.
  • Giants RHP reliever Keiichi Yabu, sidelined with a strained middle finger on his pitching hand, threw a bullpen session and came out of it fine. He could be activated from the DL as soon as Tuesday. "Much better," Yabu said.
  • Giants C Bengie Molina had the night off.
  • Cain had not surrendered a walk in his previous two outings. He has an 8-4 lifetime record in 14 August starts. The victories are his most in any month. Cain lowered his ERA for the third consecutive start, from 3.70 to 3.60.
 
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Matt Cain is so good he doesn't even have to look at the plate, striking out six in 6 2/3 innings.  (AP)
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
San Francisco

M. Cain
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 5
K 6
Atlanta

O. Infante
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, LF3000211 .264
Yunel Escobar, SS5010012 .279
Mark Kotsay, CF4010110 .288
Brian McCann, C3000114 .300
Casey Kotchman, 1B3110000 .281
Omar Infante, 3B4121012 .302
Kelly Johnson, 2B4020013 .274
Jeff Francoeur, RF3001111 .230
Jair Jurrjens, P2000011 .093
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000000 .250
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Ruben Gotay, PH1000011 .214
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .125
Totals3327259  
a-lined out for Jurrjens in the 7th
b-struck out for Boyer in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Escobar-Kotchman
E - Kelly Johnson (11, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (L,10-7) 6943310 3.12
Blaine Boyer 1000010 4.40
Jeff Bennett 1100000 4.03
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, RF4131000 .284
Ivan Ochoa, SS3021101 .323
Fred Lewis, LF3100105 .278
Aaron Rowand, CF4011002 .279
John Bowker, 1B4001012 .254
    Rich Aurilia, 1B0000000 .281
Jose Castillo, 3B4000011 .253
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B4010000 .277
Steve Holm, C3120100 .256
Matt Cain, P3110002 .163
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   a- Eugenio Velez, PH1000001 .209
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals33410432  
a-grounded into a double play for T. Walker in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Burriss-Ochoa-Bowker
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (W,7-9) 6.2511560 3.60
Jack Taschner (H,12) 0.2211000 3.32
Tyler Walker (H,18) 0.2000010 4.57
Brian Wilson (S,31) 1000020 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
Game Information
Attendance - 37473
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Kerwin Danley