Giants, Cain seek to complete perfect homestand

Giants, Cain seek to complete perfect homestand
May 12, 2011, 2:24 pm
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May 12, 2011

ARIZONA (15-20) vs.
GIANTS (20-16)

Coverage begins at noon on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Matt Cain believes the San Francisco Giants are never out of any game until the final out is recorded. That's certainly true given their penchant for late-game heroics recently.

Cain will try to help San Francisco close a six-game run at AT&T Park with an unblemished record while seeking its third consecutive win Thursday afternoon against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who continue to come up a little short playing on the road.

After winning three of its previous four in walk-off fashion, including 1-0 in Tuesday's opener, San Francisco (20-16) rallied from an early three-run deficit and held on for a 4-3 win Wednesday.

Andres Torres' ground-rule double in the sixth inning snapped a 3-3 tie, and Brian Wilson worked out of a jam in the ninth to notch his 12th save as the defending World Champions matched their longest home winning streak from 2010.

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"If you look at what we did last year, it was somebody different it seemed like coming up with the big game-changing contribution," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Wilson has three wins and two saves during the Giants' win streak, their longest at home since Aug. 23-28, 2007.

Backup catcher Henry Blanco had two hits, including a homer, and drove in two for the Diamondbacks (15-20). Arizona has dropped eight of nine away from home, with the last four defeats all being one-run decisions, and fell to 5-11 on the road.

"We had a ton of chances early," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had chances to keep them from scoring, too."

For the second time in less than a month, Cain (2-2, 3.38 ERA) will be opposed by Daniel Hudson (3-4, 4.47).

On April 15, Cain gave up one run and four hits over six-plus innings to help San Francisco to a 5-2 win in Phoenix. Hudson matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in six innings, but allowed five runs, six hits and three walks.

Cain is 0-2 with a 4.94 ERA in four starts after that matchup. On Friday against Colorado, he exited after seven innings with the Giants trailing 3-1 before Freddy Sanchez's game-ending single resulted in a 4-3 win.

"We don't ever really feel like we're out of it until it's over," Cain told the Giants' official website after allowing three runs and five hits.

Cain is 2-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his last five home starts against Arizona. Both wins were complete games and included a one-hitter in a 5-0 victory on May 28, when the right-hander allowed only a two-out double in the second inning to Mark Reynolds and struck out nine.

Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew was held without a hit for only the third time in 11 road games Wednesday, but is batting .345 (10 for 27) with three homers and seven RBIs against Cain.

Hudson has turned things around lately.

The right-hander received only four runs of support over 24 1-3 innings while losing his first four starts of 2011, but has gotten plenty of help since. In winning each of his last three starts, Hudson has been given 16 runs of support through 20 innings.

On Friday, Hudson permitted five hits in seven innings of a 6-0 win over last-place San Diego.

Hudson won his only career start in San Francisco, 11-3 on Aug. 28 thanks to the Diamondbacks plating six in the first inning.

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