Giants 3, Rockies 1

Matt Cain hasn’t gotten much run support throughout his career.

The San Francisco right-hander has been solid, though, when the

Giants score at least three for him.

San Francisco hit that mark exactly against Colorado and Cain

made it hold up, scattering four hits over seven innings to help

the Giants beat the slumping Rockies 3-1 on Friday night. That

upped Cain’s mark to 15-0 over the past two seasons when getting

three runs or more behind him.

”I think most starters feel that way, if you get a two- or

three-run lead, that’s set in our mind that we want to keep that

lead,” Cain said. ”I felt good. I really was just trying to

concentrate on making pitches and worry about location more than

velocity. That kind of helped me out with getting my mechanics

right and getting into a little bit of a groove.”

Cain had seven strikeouts while overcoming a season-high four

walks. Two of the hits he allowed were to Colorado pitcher Juan

Nicasio, who doubled twice.

Beyond that, Cain was nearly unhittable. The right-hander

pitched with runners in scoring position for four straight innings

but allowed just the one run and retired the final seven batters he

faced to earn only his second win since April 15.

”I thought he got better as he went,” Giants manager Bruce

Bochy said. ”He made a couple of mistakes to the pitcher but

overall that’s a great effort by Matty, which we needed. He just

stayed away from making too many mistakes and that’s a key for

Matt.”

Cody Ross hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fourth, rookie

Brandon Crawford added an RBI double and Emmanuel Burris had three

hits for the Giants, who beat the Rockies for the sixth time in

nine games this season between the NL West rivals.

The Giants returned home after taking three of four from NL

Central-leading St. Louis and picked up where they left off,

sending the Rockies to their 11th loss in 14 games.

San Francisco did it much like it beat the Cardinals – with

solid pitching and timely hitting.

Cain, who allowed a career-high 11 hits in a 6-0 loss to

Milwaukee on Sunday, kept Colorado’s hitters silent most of the

game while Ross and Crawford sparked the Giants’ three-run

fourth.

That spoiled the road debut of Rockies rookie starter Juan

Nicasio (1-1), who allowed nine hits in six innings with three

strikeouts and an intentional walk.

”The kid has to pay for two hanging sliders, both with two

outs,” Colorado manager Jim Tracy said of Nicasio. ”He did an

excellent job. Our trouble, once again, came from the lack of

offense.”

Javier Lopez pitched a scoreless eighth and Brian Wilson worked

the ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.

It wasn’t easy, but that’s generally the case with Wilson. The

two-time All-Star closer walked Chris Iannetta with one out then

gave up a single to pinch-hitter Jason Giambi. Pinch-hitter Ryan

Spilborghs flied out to center before Wilson struck out Seth Smith

to end it.

Nicasio got the Rockies first hit off Cain when he doubled down

the right field line with one out in the third. Cain returned the

favor with a one-out single off Nicasio in the bottom of the

inning.

Cain (4-4) matched his season-high for walks by the fourth

inning, and Colorado cashed in one for a run. Carlos Gonzalez

walked, took third on a double by Troy Tulowitzki and scored on

Todd Helton’s groundout.

San Francisco responded quickly.

Ross hit a two-run double and Crawford added an RBI double to

give the Giants a 3-1 lead in the fourth.

Nicasio became the first pitcher in the majors this season with

two extra base hits in the same game when he doubled over the head

of center fielder Andres Torres leading off the fifth. The Rockies

later loaded the bases with two outs as rain began to fall but Cain

retired Helton on a comebacker to escape the threat.

Before the game the buzz at AT&T Park centered around

comments made by Giants general manager Brian Sabean on a local

radio station on Thursday regarding the season-ending injury

suffered by catcher Buster Posey following a collision with

Florida’s Scott Cousins on May 25.

Sabean criticized Cousins on his weekly radio show on KNBR,

calling the play malicious and unnecessary. Sabean also said ”if I

never hear from Cousins again, or he doesn’t play another day in

the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.”

Those comments got the attention of Major League Baseball, and

executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre spoke

with Sabean on Friday. The Giants also issued a statement saying

Sabean’s comments were made out of frustration.

”It’s still a pretty raw emotional time for us,” team

president Larry Baer said. ”I mean, to lose (Posey) for the

season, a guy who means so much to us. Having said that, we’re

looking forward and we’re looking forward to Buster’s recovery.

We’re certainly out of the business of talking about the incident

and revisiting it other than we think it’s healthy dialogue to talk

about what can be done to protect the player.”

Notes: Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval began a rehab assignment with

Class A San Jose and could rejoin the team soon. Bochy said he

wants Sandoval – on the DL since May 1 with a fractured hamate bone

in his right wrist – to get 25-30 at-bats in the minors before

returning to the big league club. … Struggling IF Miguel Tejada,

who went 4 for 27 on the Giants’ recent trip, was not in the

starting lineup but not because of his .211 average. Bochy said he

gave Tejada the day off to rest and will be back in the order

Saturday. … Colorado LHP Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John

surgery in Los Angeles on Friday and results were good. … RHP

Aaron Cook, out since March 31 with a fractured right index finger,

is penciled in to start for Colorado against San Diego on

Wednesday. … Rockies RHP Esmil Rogers (lat strain) threw 67

pitches in extended spring training but the team is unsure where

he’ll go next in his rehab.