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Renteria's five-hit outing helps Giants sweep Astros

CBSSports.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- With their pitching, the San Francisco Giants figure if they can get about three runs a game they should win on most days.

On Wednesday, they blew right past that mark, beating the Houston Astros 10-4 to complete a season-opening three-game sweep.

Edgar Renteria tied a career high with five hits to help the Giants to a 3-0 record for the first time since 2003, when they began with a sweep at San Diego and won seven straight. Houston last started 0-3 in 2007.

"When you come to the ballpark every day and feel like you've got a really good opportunity to win some games because of the guy who's on the hill, that's a good feeling," said Aaron Rowand, who had four of the Giants' 19 hits. "That's a confidence-builder in itself."

It was 4-4 when Juan Uribe doubled in the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run when Sammy Gervacio (0-1) threw away a bunt. The Giants added another run in the inning, then scored four times in the ninth.

John Bowker had a two-run homer and Travis Ishikawa added his first career pinch-hit home run.

Jeremy Affeldt (1-0) got the victory in relief of Matt Cain, who allowed six hits and three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

"With the way these guys were swinging in spring it gives us a bunch of confidence out there on the mound that if we give up a couple of runs like we did out there today ... those guys can come right back to pick us up," Cain said. "That builds a lot of confidence for the starters and the relievers and I think it builds confidence for those guys as well."

Astros starter Brett Myers gave up a career-high 12 hits and four runs in six-plus innings in his Astros debut.

"I felt like it was a battle from the first inning on," he said. "I had to pitch certain ways that I'm not used to throwing. But you've got to make an adjustment when they're getting that many hits off you."

Rowand, the Giants' leadoff man, and Renteria, the No. 2 hitter, each drove in two runs.

"He's swung the bat well all series and what a day he had today," Bochy said of Renteria. "It's hard to play this game when you're hurt and I said that last year. He's healthy now and he has a good approach up there. It was a great game by him."

The 34-year-old said he's feeling "great" this season after playing only 124 games last season because of shoulder and elbow problems.

"When you feel better, you relax and play the game," he said. "You don't have to worry about pain or nothing."

Uribe made it 5-4 when he scooted home after Gervacio overthrew third base on a sacrifice by Eli Whiteside. Rowand had an RBI single later in the eighth.

Uribe hit an RBI double to highlight the ninth.

The Astros scored three runs in the seventh that made it 4-4. Pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan hit a two-out, two-run triple that Rowand bobbled before dropping near the hill in center field. That finished Cain, and the speedy Michael Bourn tied it when he barely beat the throw on a single off Affeldt.

"We knew it was going to be tough going in anyway with the pitching we were going to be facing," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "But it was good to see us battle back at least today."

Rowand tripled in the seventh inning when both Bourn and Hunter Pence had trouble scooping up the ball. Renteria drove him in with a single that made it 4-1 and chased Myers.

Bourn is optimistic that the Astros will get on track in their next series which starts Friday against the Phillies.

"We know not to panic and we know we have a good group of guys that can get clicking at any time," he said. "We'll just wait on that point and hopefully it will start Friday."

Bowker's two-run homer that landed in the bullpen in right-center field in the second. It was his first career hit against Myers after striking out in his previous three at-bats against him.

The Giants pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third when Renteria scored as Mark DeRosa grounded into a double play.

Pedro Feliz doubled twice for the Astros, including an RBI hit in the fourth.

Notes

  • Wednesday was the 10th anniversary of the opening of Minute Maid Park, then known as Enron Field. Houston lost that game 4-1 to the Phillies.
  • Giants OF Fred Lewis, on the disabled list with a ribcage injury, will begin a rehabilitation assignment on Thursday with Triple-A Fresno.
  • Gervacio injured his shoulder in the eighth inning and was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game. Houston recalled RHP Wilton Lopez from Triple-A Round Rock to take his roster spot.
 
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Matt Cain, who pitches well into the seventh inning for the Giants, gives up three earned runs in the no-decision.  (AP)
Matt Cain, who pitches well into the seventh inning for the Giants, gives up three earned runs in the no-decision. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

E. Renteria
AB 5
R 1
H 5
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

A. Rowand
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF6142001 .250
Edgar Renteria, SS5152100 .727
Pablo Sandoval, 3B6020006 .308
Aubrey Huff, 1B6010008 .286
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Mark DeRosa, LF3110102 .333
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B11110001.000
John Bowker, RF4112003 .333
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1110000 .500
Juan Uribe, 2B5221010 .417
Eli Whiteside, C3110101 .333
Matt Cain, P2000021 .000
    Eugenio Velez, LF1100101 .000
Totals431019843  
a-homered for Affeldt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (1, Myers), Juan Uribe 2 (2, Gervacio, Fulchino)
3B - Aaron Rowand (1, Myers)
HR - Travis Ishikawa (1, Fulchino), John Bowker (1, Myers)
SH - Eli Whiteside (1), Matt Cain (1)
RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (2), Edgar Renteria 2 (3), Travis Ishikawa (1), John Bowker 2 (3), Juan Uribe (3)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Pablo Sandoval (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain 6.2643050 4.05
Jeremy Affeldt (BS,1; W,1-0) 1.1100010 0.00
Guillermo Mota 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 98-66, Jeremy Affeldt 20-14, Guillermo Mota 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 11-5, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Guillermo Mota 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 27, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Guillermo Mota 3
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4011001 .167
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4000012 .250
Hunter Pence, RF4100010 .000
Carlos Lee, LF4000011 .167
Geoff Blum, 1B4110001 .222
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .000
Pedro Feliz, 3B-1B4021001 .250
Jeff Keppinger, SS4110012 .429
J.R. Towles, C4000012 .125
Brett Myers, P2010010 .500
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH1112000 .500
    Sammy Gervacio, P0000000 .000
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .000
    Chris Johnson, 3B0000000 .000
Totals3547406  
a-tripled for Byrdak in the 7th
Batting
2B - Pedro Feliz 2 (2, Cain, Cain)
3B - Cory Sullivan (1, Cain)
RBI - Michael Bourn (1), Pedro Feliz (2), Cory Sullivan 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (1), Pedro Feliz (1), Cory Sullivan 2 (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Keppinger-Blum, Keppinger-Matsui-Blum
E - Sammy Gervacio (1, Throwing)
Houston Astros
Brett Myers 61244131 6.00
Tim Byrdak 1000100 4.50
Sammy Gervacio (L,0-1) 0.1221000 6.75
Chris Sampson 0.2000100 5.40
Jeff Fulchino 0.1444101 27.00
Brian Moehler 0.2100000 0.00
WP - Sammy Gervacio (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 100-73, Tim Byrdak 12-7, Sammy Gervacio 8-6, Chris Sampson 17-9, Jeff Fulchino 16-10, Brian Moehler 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 7-6, Tim Byrdak 2-1, Sammy Gervacio 2-0, Jeff Fulchino 1-0, Brian Moehler 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 29, Tim Byrdak 4, Sammy Gervacio 4, Chris Sampson 3, Jeff Fulchino 6, Brian Moehler 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21599
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Tim Timmons