National League Game Summary - San Francisco at San Diego|
(Thursday, June 7th)
Final Score: San Francisco 8, San Diego 3
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Cain pitched seven solid innings and San
Francisco's offense backed him with three home runs, as the Giants beat the
San Diego Padres, 8-3, in the finale of a three-game series.
Cain (7-2) gave up three unearned runs on seven hits while fanning nine for
the Giants, who have won nine of their past 11 games. The right-hander has won
six straight starts since opening the season with one win in his first five
"We just had the right guy out there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
"Matt's unflappable. What a job he did to overcome mistakes."
Buster Posey, Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco each homered for San Francisco.
Pagan extended his hitting streak to 15 games, while Ryan Theriot went 4-for-5
with an RBI and run scored.
Chase Headley knocked in two runs for the Padres, who lost the final two games
of this series.
Jason Marquis (0-1), making his first start in a San Diego uniform, allowed
four runs -- two earned -- on nine hits over six innings. Marquis, who had six
strikeouts, started the season with the Minnesota Twins and made seven starts
-- going 2-4 with an 8.47 earned run average -- before he was let go on May
28. He signed a minor-league deal with the Padres a day later and made one
start at Double-A San Antonio in the Texas League before Thursday's call-up to
San Francisco's offense got going in the first inning. With Theriot on first
and one out, Melky Cabrera hit a grounder back to Marquis. The veteran
pitcher's throwing error put men on first and second. Posey followed with an
RBI single up the middle. Brandon Belt added a two-out double to right, which
scored Cabrera for a 2-0 lead.
The Giants tacked on another run in the second. Blanco hit a two-out double to
right and crossed the plate on Theriot's base hit to right.
Posey's solo homer to left in the third made it 4-0.
But San Diego managed to get three runs back in the bottom of the frame.
Marquis led off with a single and Cameron Maybin followed with a deep fly ball
to center. Pagan dropped the ball, though, allowing the runners to reach
second and third. Yonder Alonso then hit a grounder to second baseman Theriot,
who went home with the ball. A low throw allowed a run to score. Headley
followed with a two-run double off the wall in right-center field. Cain
retired the next two batters to keep it 4-3.
Pagan came through with a big homer in the seventh. Brad Brach gave up a
leadoff single to Cabrera, who scored on Pagan's one-out homer to right.
Blanco's solo homer off Alex Hinshaw in the eighth made it a 7-3 game.
Belt added an RBI single off Ross Ohlendorf in the ninth to give the Giants a
"That game's 4-3 in the sixth inning, anything could happen," Padres manager
Bud Black said.
The Padres left the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth.
The Giants had four errors...The Padres are just 5-15 in the past 20 meetings
between the teams...Cain has won six straight starts for the first time since
May 17-June 14, 2009...San Diego has dropped 10 of its past 12 games...The
Padres placed pitcher Eric Stults on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. To
make room for Marquis on the 40-man roster, the Padres transferred infielder
Jason Bartlett to the 60-day DL.
06/07 21:44:40 ET