Matt Cain allowed three runs in five innings in his perfect game follow-up but still won his eighth straight game thanks to his offense and bullpen.
Matt Cain won't get to hit for himself in his first start since pitching a perfect game, as Pablo Sandoval will serve as the designated hitter in Anaheim.
Matt Cain is coming off one of the great pitching performances off all time, but he's still chasing history. Insider Andrew Baggarly looks ahead.More: Giants-Angels coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on CSN Bay Area
According to the scoreboard at Safeco Field, Gregor Blanco took ball four from Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen. I was the only one who had it right, Blanco said.
The Giants dropped two of three to one of baseballs worst teams. They lost their first road series since May 7-9 at Dodger Stadium. Bruce Bochy summed up the loss Sunday in two words.
Madison Bumgarner and Felix Hernandez were both brilliant but it was the bullpen that decided it on Sunday, as the Mariners plated a run in the ninth to win the rubber match 2-1.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean are considering many options to help Tim Lincecum reclaim his Cy Young form. Skipping his turn in the rotation isn't one of them. Not yet, anyway.
SEATTLE Matt Cain didnt change anything in his routineafter his 125-pitch perfect game on Wednesday.
He still threw his normal bullpen and did his normal workbetween starts.
The Giants' off day next Thursday means they could skip Lincecum's start Friday in Oakland without pitching the other starters on short rest.More: Baggs' Instant Replay Lincecum: 'I want that ball
The Giants led 4-2 after four but the Mariners tied it with two in the fifth, and added three runs in the sixth with some help from poor Giants defense, en route to a 7-4 Seattle victory.
The Giants will have their best defensive team behind Tim Lincecum Saturday night, with Joaquin Arias at third base, Brandon Crawford at short and Pablo Sandoval as the designated hitter.
SEATTLE Brandon Belts friends and family have T-shirtsthat say, Keep Belt awkward.
His teammates understand just what that means.
Ryan Vogelsong came out of his ritualistic blood fever, which he enters in the hours before every start, to say a rare word to a teammate Friday afternoon. It was to Matt Cain, aka, "the big man."
Buster Posey started the scoring with a solo shot in the second inning, Melky Cabrera followed suit with a two-run homer in the eighth, and Ryan Vogelsong was spectacular again as the Giants beat the Mariners 4-2.
Justin Christian is back in the big leagues with his hometown team. Hes an energetic outfielder who never stops moving.
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