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Exhale -- Giants explode for 10-0 rout of Dodgers

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Exhale -- Giants explode for 10-0 rout of Dodgers

April 2, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARD

LOS ANGELES (AP) After going winless in his first 14 starts against the Dodgers, Matt Cain has proven more than able ever since.The right-hander scattered five hits over six innings, Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez drove in three runs each and the San Francisco Giants won 10-0 Saturday for their first win of the season."He's always been tough, but it seems like over the last couple of years, he's been using more of his pitches and he's turned into a handful," new Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Cain.After his long drought, Cain is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his last four starts against the Dodgers, with his first win coming last season."It was like kind of looming over me, I never beat the Dodgers, so it was definitely nice to get the monkey off the back last year," he said.Cain (1-0) struck out three and walked none, picking up where he left off last season as one of the Giants' most consistent starters and showing no signs of the right elbow inflammation that cost him nearly two weeks in the spring."Matt Cain was outstanding," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had good command of all his pitches. I was confident he would be himself. You could tell he wasn't hesitant on any pitch."
VIDEO: Bruce Bochy postgame
Miguel Tejada added two RBIs for the defending World Series champions, who had committed five errors in dropping a pair of one-run games to the rival Dodgers. But they backed Cain with ample offense and clean defense to avoid equaling their worst start since moving to San Francisco in 1958."The guys weren't afraid to get into counts and weren't afraid to take those two-out hits," Cain said, "so that shows the confidence those guys have that they weren't worried about not getting the runners in before and stepping up when they needed to."VIDEO: Matt Cain postgame
It was the Giants' largest margin of victory over their rivals since Oct. 3, 2004, when they beat them by the same score."It's really special for me," said the 36-year-old Tejada, who hit in the leadoff spot with his newest team for the first time since 1999. "We just need somebody to start and then everybody follow. We're all happy today."Ted Lilly (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked one for the Dodgers in an inauspicious season debut for the left-hander. Lilly signed a 33 million, three-year contract in October, the most lucrative of any of the free agents who signed with the club in the offseason.Lilly was roughed up in the fifth, when the Giants got to him for three runs."Certainly that fifth turned into a disaster," he said. "I was kind of erratic in the zone. I was throwing strikes, but they weren't quality strikes. I got behind in the count too many times and didn't throw quality pitches when I had to."With two outs, Tejada's RBI single to left field scored Aaron Rowand, who singled and advanced on Lilly's balk. Sanchez followed with a double down the left field line that scored Tejada.Huff singled home Sanchez to chase Lilly and extend the Giants' lead to 4-0. Buster Posey then singled off Mike MacDougal before Pat Burrell struck out swinging to end the inning.The Giants batted around in the sixth when they added four runs off Kenley Jansen. Mark DeRosa's double scored rookie Brandon Belt, who walked and stole second. Sanchez's bloop single over first base scored DeRosa before Huff's two-run single to center field made it 8-0.Sanchez homered on the second pitch from Lance Cormier in the eighth.Huff made a charging catch on Tony Gwynn Jr. in the seventh to prevent the Dodgers from scoring.NOTES: Giants LHP Barry Zito is expected to make his scheduled start on Sunday, four days after being in a car accident in West Hollywood. He said it was important not to miss his turn because of the affect it would have on the rest of the rotation. ... Dodgers INF Juan Uribe missed his second straight game with a bruised left elbow. ... Dodgers C Hector Gimenez singled in the seventh for his first major league hit. ... Last season, 115 of the Giants' 162 games were decided by three runs or less, most in the majors ... Dodgers 1B coach Davey Lopes wasn't at the game because of a death in his family. Hitting instructor Dave Hansen replaced him.

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.

“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”

It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.

“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said. 

Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A. 

Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher. 

“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak

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OAKLAND -- Mitch Haniger homered twice and Felix Hernandez won for the first time in more than two months as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Monday night.

A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the slumping Mariners snapped Oakland's season-high seven-game winning streak and its eight-game run at home - the team's second-longest in 11 years.

The Mariners had lost eight of nine.

Hernandez (6-5) gave up one run in six innings of two-hit ball. King Felix hadn't won since July 15, a stretch that included a stint on the disabled list from Aug. 2 to Sept. 13 with right shoulder bursitis. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his previous five starts.

Haniger hit his 15th and 16th home runs off starter Daniel Gossett (4-10). The 24-year-old Oakland rookie gave up seven runs on a career-high four homers allowed.

Mike Zunino hit a three-run shot, his 24th, that broke a scoreless tie in the second. Yonder Alonso added his 26th homer, connecting against his former team.

Marcus Semien hit a solo homer off Hernandez in the sixth.

Andrew Albers pitched three shutout innings for his first save.

MAXWELL IN THE LINEUP:
A's catcher Bruce Maxwell played his first game since becoming the first player in the majors to kneel during the national anthem Saturday, part of a national protest movement against discrimination and harsh treatment of blacks by police. He was greeted with a loud ovation along with some boos sprinkled in from the Oakland crowd of 9,329. Maxwell cleared the concussion protocol on Monday. He hadn't played since Sept. 20.

SHOW OF SUPPORT:
In an apparent show of support for Maxwell, most of the Oakland Unified School District band members took a knee as they performed the national anthem before the game.

2,500 CLUB:
The 31-year-old Hernandez became the fifth active pitcher to log more than 2,500 career innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Mariners: INF Jean Segura (sprained right middle finger) will likely miss the remainder of the series, manager Scott Servais said. "He wants to get in there before the season's over. It's important to him, but he's not going to be available for a couple of days," Servais said.

Athletics: 1B Matt Olson was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the severity of a hamstring injury he sustained Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie will miss the rest of the series, manager Bob Melvin said. Olson has 25 home runs in 189 at-bats. "We're hoping we can get him back in Texas, but I'm not so sure about that," Melvin said. ... LHP Sean Manaea, who missed his last scheduled start on Saturday with upper back tightness, threw a bullpen and is on track to make his next start Thursday, Melvin said.

UP NEXT:
Mariners: LHP James Paxton (12-5, 3.03 ERA) is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts since coming off the DL on Sept. 14. He had been sidelined with a strained left pectoral muscle. Paxton is 3-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five career starts against Oakland.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-1, 3.30) is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his last three starts. Mengden took the loss in his only career start against Seattle last season. He struck out six and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.