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Giants' Cain gets best of Pirates' Duke

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Matt Cain and their only productive inning of the weekend gave the San Francisco Giants exactly what they needed to get through a difficult day on and off the field.

Cain held the Pirates to one run over seven innings to outpitch All-Star replacement Zach Duke, and the Giants, saddened by the death of their part owner earlier in the day, ended an offensive slump by beating Pittsburgh 4-3 on Sunday.

The Giants were limited to two extra-base hits and one unearned run and didn't have an RBI in the first 28 innings of the three-game series before consecutive doubles by Randy Winn, Pablo Sandoval, Bengie Molina and Nate Schierholtz to start the sixth produced three runs. John Bowker added a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1 as the Giants scored the first earned runs off the Pirates' pitching staff in 35 innings.

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"Everyone was hitting the ball hard and it felt good to get a little bit of momentum going," said Schierholtz, whose double scored two runs. "It seems like hitting is contagious in those situations and, lately, it seems like it's been a lot of 1-2-3 innings. That inning, everyone kept carrying it on."

The victory came only a few hours after the Giants learned part owner Sue Burns died early Sunday of complications from cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease July 10 and missed Jonathan Sanchez's no-hitter against the Padres that night -- a rare absence from the ballpark.

The Giants held a pregame team prayer Sunday for Burns, described by manager Bruce Bochy as a "beautiful lady" who watched nearly every game from a box seat near the dugout and always had a smile for players she loved and respected.

"It's unbelievable to think she's gone, really," Cain said. "I don't think we'll realize that until we get back home and we don't see her."

The Giants avoided being swept in Pittsburgh for the second season in a row and stopped a three-game losing streak. The Pirates, who had won 10 of 13 against the Giants, lost their eighth in their last 11 overall despite beating the Giants 2-1 in 14 innings Friday and 2-0 on Saturday.

The Pirates did little against Cain (11-3), who gave up Brandon Moss' solo homer in the second but no further scoring to join the Rockies' Jason Marquis and the Mets' Johan Santana as 11-game winners in the NL. Cain gave up five hits, struck out eight, walked two and lowered his ERA to 2.32.

Cain pitched for the first time since mound opponent Tim Stauffer of San Diego hit a line drive off his right arm July 11, forcing Cain to be lifted after 1 2/3 innings and putting him out of the All-Star Game with a bruised elbow. Cain was replaced on the NL squad by Duke (8-9).

"You could tell by the way he was throwing the ball, he was showing no effects from the shot off the elbow," Bochy said.

A bullpen session Thursday convinced Cain the elbow wouldn't be a problem.

"It took me a little bit to get used to it, the first couple of hitters were a little bit funky, but after that it felt pretty normal and I was able to get back in that rhythm," Cain said.

Duke lost his fourth in a row by giving up seven hits and four runs -- all in the sixth -- over seven innings. The Pirates have scored only seven runs while Duke was on the mound during his losing streak, and one pivotal inning cost him another loss.

"The Giants attack first pitches very well, and you have to make quality pitches from the first pitch of the at-bat," Duke said. "I left some pitches up on the first pitch and they hit them hard."

After Cain was lifted, the Pirates made it 4-3 in the eighth on singles by Andrew McCutchen and Freddy Sanchez against reliever Sergio Romo, and Ryan Doumit's two-run single off Jeremy Affeldt.

Affeldt avoided further trouble by getting a slumping Adam LaRoche to ground into a double play. LaRoche was 4 for 4 with a homer against Affeldt last season.

Brian Wilson finished up in the ninth for his 24th save in 28 opportunities, walking one.

Notes

  • Sanchez pitches Monday in Atlanta, his first start since his no-hitter.
  • LaRoche doubled in the fourth, his only hit in 25 at-bats.
  • The Giants had nine hits after getting 12 in the first two games.
  • Schierholtz also made an excellent defensive play, throwing out Doumit as he tried to stretch a single into a double in the fourth.
 
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Matt Cain improves to 11-2 and lowers his ERA to 2.32 by allowing one run in seven innings.  (AP)
Matt Cain improves to 11-2 and lowers his ERA to 2.32 by allowing one run in seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF5000022 .277
Randy Winn, LF4120000 .272
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4111010 .331
Bengie Molina, C3130100 .266
Nate Schierholtz, RF4112014 .294
Edgar Renteria, SS4000013 .256
John Bowker, 1B2001000 .176
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B1000000 .263
Kevin Frandsen, 2B4010000 .128
Matt Cain, P3010020 .200
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
   a- Fred Lewis, PH1000011 .249
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals3549418  
a-struck out for Affeldt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (24, Duke), Pablo Sandoval (25, Duke), Bengie Molina (18, Duke), Nate Schierholtz (11, Duke), Kevin Frandsen (1, Meek), Matt Cain (2, Duke)
SF - John Bowker (1)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (56), Nate Schierholtz 2 (19), John Bowker (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate Schierholtz 1
DP - Frandsen-Renteria-Ishikawa
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (W,11-2) 7511281 2.32
Sergio Romo0222000 3.95
Jeremy Affeldt (H,20) 1100000 1.24
Brian Wilson (S,24) 1000110 3.40
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 107-72, Sergio Romo 5-4, Jeremy Affeldt 12-7, Brian Wilson 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 9-3, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Brian Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 27, Sergio Romo 2, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Brian Wilson 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF2110210 .289
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4110023 .313
Garrett Jones, RF4000021 .286
Ryan Doumit, C4022001 .232
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010011 .244
Brandon Moss, LF4111011 .256
Andy LaRoche, 3B3010100 .266
Jack Wilson, SS3010011 .267
   a- Ramon Vazquez, PH1000001 .241
Zach Duke, P1000000 .229
   b- Jeff Salazar, PH1000001 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Donnie Veal, P0000000 .000
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
   c- Delwyn Young, PH1000011 .307
Totals3238339  
a-popped out for J. Wilson in the 9th
b-grounded out for Duke in the 7th
c-struck out for Meek in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (23, Cain)
HR - Brandon Moss (4, Cain)
SH - Zach Duke (10)
RBI - Ryan Doumit 2 (13), Brandon Moss (24)
SB - Andrew McCutchen (9, 2nd base off Cain/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (L,8-9) 7744150 3.38
Joel Hanrahan 1100010 7.47
Donnie Veal 0.1000000 3.52
Evan Meek 0.2100020 2.55
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 82-55, Joel Hanrahan 17-12, Donnie Veal 5-3, Evan Meek 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 11-5, Donnie Veal 1-0
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 29, Joel Hanrahan 4, Donnie Veal 1, Evan Meek 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24842
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - James Hoye