SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Cain pitched eight dominating innings and the San Francisco Giants scored eight runs in the third inning to move into first place in the NL West with a 10-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Cain (12-5), who pitched a perfect game on June 13, surrendered one run on four hits. The right-hander didn't allow his first hit until Yonder Alonso's one-out double in the fifth. Alonso scored one out later on Everth Cabrera's single.
Cain, 6-0 in nine starts following a San Francisco loss, struck out six and did not walk a batter. The Giants moved one-half game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 4-3 in 11 innings at Atlanta.
Marco Scutaro homered and drove in two runs and Angel Pagan had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Giants' 15-hit attack. All nine San Francisco starters had at least one hit.
San Francisco played its second game since outfielder Melky Cabrera, was suspended on Wednesday for 50 games following a positive test for testosterone.
Scutaro hit a solo homer in the first inning before San Francisco's season-high scoring output in the third off Ross Ohlendorf (4-4) and reliever Nick Mikolas.
The Giants eight runs came on eight hits including two doubles and a triple two walks and a passed ball as they sent 13 batters to the plate.
Pagan had an RBI triple and a run-scoring single in the inning. Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval, Gregor Blanco and Cain all had RBI singles and Hunter Spence drove in a run with a double. Continued...