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Cain's stellar start helps Giants complete sweep of Marlins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Different starting pitcher, same dominating performance for the San Francisco Giants against the Florida Marlins.

Matt Cain held the Marlins without a hit until the sixth inning and pitched into the eighth Thursday night to help the Giants complete a three-game sweep with a 6-3 win.

Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito each went seven innings for the victory in the first two games of the series. Giants starters combined to allow six runs in 21 innings -- an ERA of 2.57.

"I marvel as what our pitchers are able to do on a nightly basis," left fielder Mark DeRosa said. "It makes it tough on the other team."

Cain (2-1) gave up four hits and two runs in seven-plus innings, and four relievers completed the five-hitter. Brian Wilson came on to strike out pinch-hitter Wes Helms with one on for his sixth save in seven chances.

"We probably faced the toughest pitching staff as a whole, starters and bullpen," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The old saying that good pitching beats good hitting -- you saw it this series."

Nate Schierholtz hit his first homer of the year for San Francisco. DeRosa had two run-scoring hits to hike his average to .205, while Aaron Rowand contributed a triple, a two-run single and a lunging catch in center field. Rowand is 7 for 16 with seven RBI in four games since coming off the disabled list.

The Giants, who took a half-game lead over San Diego in the NL West, have won nine of their past 12 games. But they lost shortstop Edgar Renteria when he aggravated a groin strain and left in the third inning.

Renteria might be placed on the disabled list, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Florida's Ricky Nolasco (2-2) allowed five hits -- four for extra bases -- and three runs in six innings. That was no match for Cain, who relied mostly on his fastball early in the game. His breaking ball became more effective in the later innings.

The Marlins were 0 for 16 until Chris Coghlan singled with two outs in the sixth, ending Cain's bid for only the second Giants no-hitter since 1976.

"I was thinking about it, but it's one of those things," Cain said. "It's not an easy thing to do."

Gonzalez shook up the top of the lineup for the Marlins, benching Cameron Maybin and moving Coghlan back into the leadoff spot, but the changes produced little offense. The Marlins went 3-6 on their homestand, and they're two games below .500 for the first time this season as they start a six-game trip.

"We need to get back on the winning track," second baseman Dan Uggla said. "We're going to bear down this road trip and fight and compete and scratch and claw."

Jorge Cantu went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his past 17 at-bats. Coghlan remained without an extra-base hit in 93 at-bats this season. The Marlins, last in the majors in fielding, also committed two errors.

"We still haven't played the baseball we're capable of playing," Gonzalez said. "The thing that frustrates me is the way we handle the baseball. It seems like we're not making any headway there. It may be guys are trying to do too much."

Florida trailed 6-0 before scoring in the seventh when Hanley Ramirez doubled and Uggla singled him home. The Marlins loaded the bases with one out in the eighth but scored only once, on Ramirez's sacrifice fly.

In the second inning the Giants scored once but had two runners tagged out at the plate. Bengie Molina led off with a double, then got hung up between second and third on a comebacker to the pitcher. Nolasco made a wild throw to third, but third baseman Cantu retrieved the ball in foul territory and threw out Molina trying to score.

DeRosa doubled home a run. With two outs, Schierholtz singled, but right fielder Brett Carroll threw a strike to the plate on the fly and DeRosa was out attempting to score.

Otherwise, little went wrong for the Giants.

"To come in here and win three games, that's not easy against a good ballclub," Bochy said. "We rose to the occasion."

Notes
  • The Marlins will designate INF Mike Lamb for assignment Friday. OF Bryan Petersen will be selected from Triple-A New Orleans and join the team in Washington for the start of a six-game trip.
  • Rain fell briefly early in the game.
  • Maybin popped out as a pinch hitter, ending his streak of striking out in 16 consecutive games.
  • The Giants' Pablo Sandoval is batting .222 (6 for 27) with runners in scoring position.
 
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Matt Cain doesn't let a little bit of rain stop him from throwing into the eighth inning. (AP)
Matt Cain doesn't let a little bit of rain stop him from throwing into the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

A. Rowand
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

N. Schierholtz
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF4122000 .328
Edgar Renteria, SS1000000 .316
   a- Matt Downs, PH-2B1001100 .400
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000012 .309
Bengie Molina, C4010000 .329
Aubrey Huff, 1B4110001 .278
Juan Uribe, 2B-SS4100032 .267
Mark DeRosa, LF4122010 .205
Nate Schierholtz, RF3231101 .381
Matt Cain, P3000022 .091
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   b- Andres Torres, PH1000000 .264
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals3369627  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Renteria in the 3rd
b-popped out for Mota in the 9th
Batting
2B - Bengie Molina (4, Nolasco), Aubrey Huff (6, Leroux), Mark DeRosa (3, Nolasco)
3B - Aaron Rowand (2, Nolasco)
HR - Nate Schierholtz (1, Nolasco)
SF - Matt Downs (1)
RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (13), Matt Downs (2), Mark DeRosa 2 (9), Nate Schierholtz (5)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (4), Mark DeRosa (5)
SB - Nate Schierholtz (3, 2nd base off Leroux/Baker)
CS - Nate Schierholtz (1, 2nd base by Pinto/Baker)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Renteria-Huff
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (W,2-1) 7422360 2.79
Dan Runzler 0.1000100 2.19
Guillermo Mota (H,2) 0.2000000 0.82
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2111110 3.48
Brian Wilson (S,6) 0.1000010 2.53
WP - Jeremy Affeldt (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 108-72, Dan Runzler 10-4, Guillermo Mota 6-4, Jeremy Affeldt 17-9, Brian Wilson 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 6-8, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 27, Dan Runzler 2, Guillermo Mota 2, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Brian Wilson 1
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4010002 .183
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3000111 .265
Hanley Ramirez, SS2111100 .318
Jorge Cantu, 3B4000014 .264
Dan Uggla, 2B2111210 .292
John Baker, C4000013 .246
Cody Ross, CF4010031 .269
Brett Carroll, RF4111000 .293
Ricky Nolasco, P1000000 .091
   a- Cameron Maybin, PH1000000 .236
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
    Hunter Jones, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Lamb, PH0000100 .222
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   c- Wes Helms, PH1000011 .367
Totals3035358  
a-popped out for Nolasco in the 6th
b-walked for Jones in the 8th
c-struck out for Pinto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (6, Cain), Brett Carroll (4, Cain)
SF - Hanley Ramirez (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (18), Dan Uggla (18), Brett Carroll (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brett Carroll 1
E - Ricky Nolasco (1, Throwing), Cody Ross (3, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (L,2-2) 6533031 4.08
Chris Leroux 1332230 5.23
Hunter Jones 1000010 0.00
Renyel Pinto 1100000 3.12
IBB - Schierholtz by Chris Leroux
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 82-57, Chris Leroux 38-19, Hunter Jones 14-9, Renyel Pinto 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 6-8, Hunter Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 22, Chris Leroux 8, Hunter Jones 3, Renyel Pinto 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12804
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom