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Giants, Cain shut down CarGo, Tulo, handle Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain finally started getting his pitches down after a shaky start. Good thing, too, because Giants manager Bruce Bochy was on the verge of pulling his ace in the second inning.

That patience paid off for the defending World Series champions and for Cain.

"That shows you how tough he is, the makeup of Matt Cain, and how strong he is," Bochy said after the Giants rallied past the Colorado Rockies 7-3 on Sunday. "That's intestinal fortitude in his part. He found a way. That's as gutty an effort as you can see."

Cain (4-2) matched his season high of five walks but allowed only two runs and two hits in five innings. He is 4-0 with a 3.49 ERA in his last five outings after beginning the season 0-2 with a 6.49 ERA in his first six starts.

"I thought I might run out of pitches sometime in the third," Cain said. "I just made a little bit better pitches where the balls weren't maybe up as much."

He walked five of his first 10 batters but retired 11 of his last 12 and improved to 17-7 against the Rockies.

"If you don't get him and give him a chance to stay in the game, he's going to make the most of it and that's what he did," Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki said. "Once he smells he has a chance to get a win, he turns it up a notch."

Brandon Belt hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth, and six pitchers combined for one-run relief, keeping San Francisco tied with Arizona for the NL West lead.

Buster Posey homered and Andres Torres added two hits and an RBI to help the Giants close a six-game homestand with consecutive wins. San Francisco plays 14 of its next 18 games on the road.

In his first appearance at AT&T Park, Jon Garland (3-6) allowed five runs -- two earned -- seven hits and four walks in five innings. While the Rockies swept a three-game series from the Giants in Denver two weeks ago, Colorado is 1-5 this year in San Francisco, where the Rockies have lost 12 of their past 15.

Carlos Gonzalez struck out three times with runners in scoring position after homering in his previous three games. Tulowitzki went hitless after drawing a walk in his first plate appearance while Dexter Fowler reached base four times but scored just once.

"We had some opportunities early," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run double in the first for Colorado. Posey's seventh homer trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the second, and Brandon Crawford tied it when he hit into a run-scoring forceout in the fourth.

Belt walked in his first two plate appearances before doubling off Garland to break a 2-all tie. The drive followed a two-out fielding error by second baseman D.J. LeMahieu on Hunter Pence's high popup to short right field.

Torres' RBI double drove in Belt for a 5-2 lead. Pence added a two-run double in the eighth against Edgmer Escalona.

Notes

  • Cuddyer, activated from the DL on Friday after recovering from a back injury, was removed from the game in the bottom of the sixth with a bruised right forearm after getting hit by a pitch leading off the top half. X-rays were negative.
  • San Francisco reliever Santiago Casilla will undergo surgery this week to remove a cyst from inside a bone in his right leg. Casilla has been pitching with the cyst since last season. "That will hopefully correct what's going on over there," Bochy said. The timetable for recovery won't be known until after the operation.
  • OF Angel Pagan was held out of the Giants lineup because of a sore left hamstring, one day after hitting a game-ending inside-the-park home run. Bochy said Pagan aggravated his hamstring earlier in the game before his walkoff hit.
  • San Francisco LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-2) is slated to pitch Monday's series opener at Oakland.
  • Colorado RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-3), who will start against Houston on Monday, hasn't won since April 19.
 
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Hunter Pence (left) and Marco Scutaro score the go-ahead runs for San Francisco on Brandon Belt's double in the fifth inning.  (USATSI)
Hunter Pence (left) and Marco Scutaro score the go-ahead runs for San Francisco on Brandon Belt's double in the fifth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Belt
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

H. Pence
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF3120201 .278
Nolan Arenado, 3B3100204 .237
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5000037 .306
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4000133 .329
Michael Cuddyer, RF2012000 .323
    Charlie Blackmon, RF2000022 .182
Todd Helton, 1B3100113 .225
Wilin Rosario, C4000004 .275
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3020100 .345
Jon Garland, P1000010 .067
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH1000002 .250
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
   b- Jordan Pacheco, PH1011000 .300
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
Totals32363710  
a-lined out for Garland in the 6th
b-singled for Escalona in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (9, Cain), Michael Cuddyer (11, Cain)
SH - Jon Garland (2)
RBI - Michael Cuddyer 2 (29), Jordan Pacheco (15)
SB - Dexter Fowler (8, 2nd base off Cain/Posey), DJ LeMahieu (2, 3rd base off Cain/Posey)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - DJ LeMahieu (1, Dropped fly)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Garland (L,3-6) 5752421 5.05
Edgmer Escalona 2322000 2.89
Wilton Lopez 1000020 3.38
IBB - Crawford by Jon Garland
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 102-62, Edgmer Escalona 33-24, Wilton Lopez 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 5-9, Edgmer Escalona 2-4, Wilton Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 27, Edgmer Escalona 9, Wilton Lopez 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF5000004 .273
Marco Scutaro, 2B5220010 .324
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000122 .296
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Buster Posey, C4221002 .317
Hunter Pence, RF4122001 .278
Brandon Belt, 1B2212201 .257
Andres Torres, LF4021002 .275
Brandon Crawford, SS3001112 .285
Matt Cain, P1010000 .188
   a- Nick Noonan, PH1000002 .222
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Brett Pill, PH1000000 .182
    Sandy Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
    Joaquin Arias, 3B0000000 .200
Totals34710744  
a-lined out for Cain in the 5th
b-grounded out for Lopez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence 2 (15, Garland, Escalona), Brandon Belt (9, Garland), Andres Torres (9, Garland)
HR - Buster Posey (7, Garland)
SH - Matt Cain (7)
RBI - Buster Posey (29), Hunter Pence 2 (26), Brandon Belt 2 (24), Andres Torres (7), Brandon Crawford (25)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (15), Brandon Belt 2 (13), Andres Torres (4)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain (W,4-2) 5222560 5.00
George Kontos (H,2) 1100000 5.33
Chad Gaudin 0.2100110 1.95
Javier Lopez 0.1000010 2.08
Sandy Rosario 0.1211100 10.80
Jean Machi (H,3) 0.2000000 1.80
Jeremy Affeldt 1000020 2.35
HBP - Cuddyer (by George Kontos)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 107-70, George Kontos 17-10, Chad Gaudin 22-14, Javier Lopez 8-6, Sandy Rosario 10-5, Jean Machi 5-2, Jeremy Affeldt 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 3-6, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 22, George Kontos 5, Chad Gaudin 4, Javier Lopez 1, Sandy Rosario 4, Jean Machi 2, Jeremy Affeldt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42597
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez