Rockies 10, Giants 4

Matt Cain wasn’t so worried about the runs. It was a lack of

command that bothered him.

The Giants’ opening day starter gave up four runs and seven

hits, one a two-run homer to Willin Rosario, and the Colorado

Rockies went on to beat San Francisco 10-4 Thursday night.

”My stuff was fine, but I made some bad mistakes,

location-wise,” Cain said despite not walking a batter in five

innings and striking out eight. ”I was looking to go out there and

make good pitches, win the game, because it’s coming down to the

end (of the spring).”

Cain’s last spring start before opening day against the Dodgers

in Los Angeles is expected to come on Tuesday against the San Diego


One pitch he wanted to have back was the fastball to


”He tried to surprise me high on my hands, but I surprised

him,” Rosario said of his second homer of the spring.

The Giants entered with a major league-leading 16 triples, but

it was the Rockies who had three, including two off Cain by Josh

Rutledge and Dexter Fowler. The Rockies had just five coming


Jonathan Herrera hit the third triple of the night off reliever

Ramon Ramirez.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz, making a bid for the No. 5 spot in

the Colorado rotation, gave up three runs and 10 hits, walked two

and struck out four in five innings.

Minor league infielder Ryan Cavan had a memorable night for the


He was inserted into the lineup at second base just before the

first pitch when Marco Scutaro’s back tightened up. He singled in

the second, homered in the eighth inning off right-hander Chris

Volstad, and had two RBIs.

NOTES: Rockies 1B Todd Helton appears to be finding his swing as

opening day nears. He had a pair of hits and a walk, raising his

average to .294. … Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis, in a minor

league game, went seven innings, throwing 82 pitches against Cubs

youngsters and giving up two runs on five hits with no walks and

eight strikeouts. He is due to start Colorado’s home opener against

San Diego on April 5. … The Rockies have split squad games on

Friday, against the Giants at home and the Texas Rangers on the

road. … Giants CF Andres Torres left the game after four innings

with a strained foot and will be reevaluated on Friday. … C

Johnny Monell, INF Kensuke Tanaka and C Jackson Williams were

reassigned to the Giants’ minor league camp before the game.