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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.
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.
"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.
"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."
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.
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Fred Lewis, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.300|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Aaron Rowand, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Emmanuel Burriss, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||5||1||0||1||0||0||3||.300|
|Bengie Molina, C||5||2||3||4||0||0||1||.310|
|Randy Winn, CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.227|
|Rich Aurilia, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.189|
|Juan Uribe, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.281|
|Matt Cain, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Eugenio Velez, PR-LF||1||1||0||0||0||1||1||.158|
|a-flied out for Howry in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - Aurilia-Uribe-Cain, Uribe-Aurilia|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Matt Cain (W,3-1)||6||1||0||0||5||7||0||2.61|
|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|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||3||0||0||0||1||3||0||.259|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.198|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.355|
|Ryan Spilborghs, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.281|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||4||.321|
|Chris Iannetta, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||1||.194|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||1||1||2||1||0||3||.224|
|Clint Barmes, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.240|
|Jason Marquis, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Murton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Matt Daley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Glendon Rusch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.400|
|a-grounded out for Belisle in the 7th|
|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|
|E - Jason Marquis 2 (2, Throwing), Troy Tulowitzki (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jason Marquis (L,4-2)||6||8||7||5||0||2||2||3.92|
|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|
|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|