San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Cain pitched eight solid innings of
one-run ball as the San Francisco Giants downed the Colorado Rockies, 7-1, in
the third installment of a four-game series at AT&T Park.
Cain (15-5) scattered four hits and fanned eight while walking four to earn
his fifth straight positive decision. Jose Mijares finished off the rout with
a perfect ninth inning.
Pablo Sandoval popped a three-run home run among his three hits, while Gregor
Blanco went 3-for-4 with a two-run single for the Giants, who have won the
first three games of this set. Brandon Belt and Buster Posey each added an RBI
in the victory.
DJ LeMahieu knocked in the lone run with a sacrifice fly for the Rockies,
who lost for the fifth consecutive game. Tyler Chatwood (4-5) took the loss
after allowing three runs on eight hits in four innings.
San Francisco jumped on top in its first at-bat with three runs. Angel Pagan
began the inning with a solid single back up the middle and Marco Scutaro
followed with a double down the line in left field before Sandoval smashed an
opposite-field, three-run bomb over the wall in right field.
Colorado finally dented Cain for a run in the fifth as Chris Nelson started
the frame with a single and Charlie Blackmon followed with a base knock, which
allowed Nelson to go first-to-third. LeMahieu then lofted a sacrifice fly to
right field, scoring Nelson to cut the deficit to two.
The NL West leaders responded with three in the home portion of the inning to
make it 6-1. Sandoval began things with a single to right and Hunter Pence
beat out an infield hit two batters later to put runners on the corners. Belt
ripped an double to right, scoring Sandoval, and Blanco followed with a two-
run single to bring in Pence and Belt.
An RBI single by Posey in the sixth extended the Giants' lead to 7-1. Mijares
went through Tyler Colvin, Nelson and Blackmon in order in the ninth.
Scutaro (1-for-4) matched his career-best for hits in a season with 174 ...
San Francisco improved to 61-19 when scoring first and 68-19 when scoring more
than four runs in a game ... Cain improved to 15-7 in 28 career starts against
the Rockies. His 15 wins against Colorado are his highest total against any
team in MLB ... The Giants are 17-2 in games started by Cain when scoring
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