Giants give solid Cain first victory
Righty's only blemish in 5 1/3 shutout innings is five walks
SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain, who frequently loses games like the one that unfolded Monday night, refused to dwell on his first victory of the season."That's the least of my worries," Cain said. But his teammates, who all too often have seen Cain bequeath a late lead that dissolves in the bullpen's hands or receive no decision after pitching a seven- or eight-inning gem, delighted in the talented but luckless 23-year-old right-hander who earned the decision in the Giants' 4-0 triumph over the Colorado Rockies. "I'm glad we got Cain's first win out of the way," closer Brian Wilson said. "Now we can roll." Tyler Walker, who pitched the eighth inning, recalled working the same inning behind Cain on April 12, when St. Louis scored three runs to erase a 5-2 Giants advantage. "That was definitely something I've thought about for a couple of weeks now," Walker said. "So it's kind of a good feeling to pitch a scoreless inning to help him get the win. He's pitched well enough to win several times, so that has to be frustrating for him. But now he has something to build off of." So do the Giants. After yielding 10 runs in each of their previous two games against Cincinnati, the Giants rebounded to notch their fourth shutout, most in the Major Leagues. "That's pretty solid," said Wilson, who pitched the ninth. Speaking for the bullpen, he added, "Each guy goes in with the intention of putting up a zero and we feed off each person who goes in in each inning and try to maintain that." Cain (1-2) established the pattern with his 5 1/3 innings. He ended a streak of 10 consecutive winless starts with his first victory since last Aug. 28, also against Colorado and left-hander Franklin Morales. Cain allowed only four hits but walked five, which prompted his relatively early exit with a pitch count of 108. "I was just a little erratic," Cain said. "I couldn't keep it honed in." He was effective enough to improve to 6-3 with a 2.89 ERA lifetime against Colorado, the reigning National League champions who have lost four in a row. Explaining his success against the Rockies, Cain said, "They're always swinging the bats well, it seems. I try to take some of their aggressiveness and turn it around. It seems to be working so far."
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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.