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Molina's two-homer game helps steady Cain, spark Giants

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DENVER -- If not for a sudden gust of wind, Bengie Molina could've had a three-homer afternoon.

Not that he's quibbling with two.

Behind Molina's big day at the plate and Matt Cain's six innings of one-hit ball, the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 on Thursday.

By showing a little patience, Molina finally solved Jason Marquis.

The Giants catcher was hitless in 12 career plate appearances against Marquis before lining a solo homer to left-center in the second and crushing a two-run shot to right the following inning.

It was Molina's sixth multihomer game and first since July 22 against Washington.

"The only thing I did different was I let the ball travel to me," Molina said. "I was just trying to stay back as long as I could."

Molina nearly had another homer in the fifth, but the wind held the ball up and allowed Dexter Fowler to track it down in deep center.

"I actually hit the third one better than I hit the other two," he said.

Molina finished with three hits and four RBI, driving in another run on a bases-loaded, check-swing groundout. On that particular play in the seventh, Molina didn't even run toward first, figuring he would be called back because he said the ball bounced up and hit him in the hand.

When plate umpire Gerry Davis said nothing, Molina gladly accepted the RBI as Eugenio Velez raced home on the short chopper to the third-base side.

"It kind of got me by surprise that nobody said anything on that play," Molina said. "I wasn't arguing, I was just saying 'It hit my hand' and I walked away."

Cain (3-1) fought his control early, walking four in the first two innings, then settled down. He retired nine of his last 10 before being lifted for a pinch runner in the seventh.

"Something would be a little bit off," Cain said of his early struggles. "Just keep going, keep going and try to find [a rhythm] ... Once I found it, I tried to hold onto it."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy called him "wildly effective."

Not exactly a label he wants to stick.

"You don't want to go out there and walk that many people," said Cain, who had season highs in strikeouts [seven] and walks [five]. "I was just a little bit ahead of myself."

After neutralizing the Giants in a complete-game win on Saturday, Marquis (4-2) didn't have the same stuff. He surrendered seven runs, five earned, and eight hits in six innings. He had been 4-0 in day games this season.

"Just one of those days where I didn't execute when I needed to," Marquis said.

Brad Hawpe homered off Jeremy Affeldt in the seventh to break up the shutout. Ian Stewart added a two-run homer in the ninth.

"We didn't do much to help ourselves today, across the board," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We didn't have a lot of offense."

Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins was given the day off to iron out the kinks in his swing inside the batting cage. After going hitless the night before, Atkins slumped to .224.

Hurdle took a similar approach with Chris Iannetta and Troy Tulowitzki when they were struggling, benching them for what Hurdle called "work days."

"For some people, I guess it works," said Tulowitzki, who went 0-for-3 with a walk against the Giants to drop his average to .198. "I want to be in there every single day. ... Personally, I don't like them. But if you don't like them, you have one option -- play better."

Notes

The Giants are 12-0 when scoring first. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He's 10 hits shy of 2,000. ... The Giants have hit 175 homers at Coors, the most by any opponent. ... Cain moved to 29-6 as a starter when the Giants score at least three runs for him. ... Marquis had a 5-0 lifetime mark at Coors Field before the loss.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
San Francisco

M. Cain
IP 6.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 5
K 7
 
San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, LF4121010 .300
    Jeremy Affeldt, P00000001.000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1000000 .220
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B5120000 .241
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5101003 .300
Bengie Molina, C5234001 .310
Randy Winn, CF5011012 .227
Rich Aurilia, 1B5000012 .189
Juan Uribe, SS4020000 .265
Nate Schierholtz, RF4110002 .281
Matt Cain, P2110000 .200
    Eugenio Velez, PR-LF1100011 .158
Totals41812704  
a-flied out for Howry in the 9th
Batting
HR - Bengie Molina 2 (7, Marquis, Marquis)
SH - Matt Cain (2)
RBI - Fred Lewis (2), Pablo Sandoval (9), Bengie Molina 4 (27), Randy Winn (10)
2-OUT RBI - Randy Winn (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Aurilia-Uribe-Cain, Uribe-Aurilia
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (W,3-1) 6100570 2.61
Jeremy Affeldt 1111101 3.65
Bob Howry 1000010 3.97
Justin Miller 1222001 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 107-60, Jeremy Affeldt 23-12, Bob Howry 15-10, Justin Miller 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 5-4, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Bob Howry 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 22, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Bob Howry 3, Justin Miller 5
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF3000130 .259
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000120 .198
Todd Helton, 1B4010001 .355
Ryan Spilborghs, LF3110111 .281
Brad Hawpe, RF4111014 .321
Chris Iannetta, C2000201 .194
Ian Stewart, 3B3112103 .224
Clint Barmes, 2B4000011 .240
Jason Marquis, P2000000 .308
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Murton, PH1000001 .300
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .400
Totals2934368  
a-grounded out for Belisle in the 7th
Batting
HR - Brad Hawpe (4, Affeldt), Ian Stewart (4, Miller)
RBI - Brad Hawpe (18), Ian Stewart 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Stewart 2 (8)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jason Marquis 2 (2, Throwing), Troy Tulowitzki (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis (L,4-2) 6875022 3.92
Matt Belisle 1100000 8.18
Matt Daley 1100010 1.80
Glendon Rusch 1210010 5.02
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 87-57, Matt Belisle 22-19, Matt Daley 17-13, Glendon Rusch 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 13-5, Matt Belisle 2-1, Matt Daley 1-1, Glendon Rusch 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 28, Matt Belisle 4, Matt Daley 4, Glendon Rusch 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23453
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Mike Everitt