SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 03: Cody Ross #13 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Freddy Sanchez #21 of the San Francisco Giants after they beat the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on June 3, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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.