Behind a stellar pitching performance from Matt Cain, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Miami Marlins 6-4 at Marlins Park on Saturday night.
Cain threw seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out five and walking two. His only blemish came in the sixth, when he allowed a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton.
Otherwise, Cain was fantastic. He retired nine straight batters to being the game, and got out of a two-out jam in the fourth. In a season where he has been inconsistent, this outing surely has to be a relief.
The Giants struck for four runs in the fourth inning to open the game up. With runners on second and third and two out, Pablo Sandoval beat out an infield hit by diving into first base. The headfirst lunge got the wind knocked out of the Panda, but Brandon Belt scored from third. After a balk scored another run, Gregor Blanco knocked in two more with a triple into the right center field gap, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead.
After Stanton’s blast cut the lead in half, the Giants added on a couple of insurance runs in the eighth. Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos walked the bases loaded, then Sandoval drew another walk to force in a run. The Giants displayed great patience at the plate, walking eight times. Andres Torres followed it up with an infield single to make it 6-2 in favor of the Giants.
Those two insurance runs would prove to be the difference, as Logan Morrison doubled in a pair of runs in the eighth to trim the lead to 6-4. But Sergio Romo recorded a perfect save to conclude matters.
The Giants will go for a sweep of the Marlins tomorrow, then head home to face the Red Sox on Monday.