DENVER(AP) For a game played in the July heat, this sure had a cool September feel.
detected it on the mound. The noisier the crowd became, the nastier he pitched.
Cain became the major leagues' second 12-game winner, scattering three hits over seven innings and the
San Francisco Giants
beat Colorado 3-1 on Friday night to pull even with the Rockies in the NL wild-card race.
Too early to talk postseason?
''No. This is where we have to concentrate - take these games,'' Cain said of the three-game series. ''We let something slip
now and that could come back to bite us down the road.''
Cain pitched with a playoff zest, giving up one run and striking out five as he moved to 37-6 all-time when the Giants score
three or more runs for him.
Although he struggled with his command at times, issuing four walks, he didn't allow his first hit until the fifth when
lined a two-out hopper through the right side of the infield.
And yes, he had visions of a no-hitter. Even more so when third baseman
robbed the speedy
of a hit with a nifty play in the fourth.
''I think as a pitcher, most know,'' Cain admitted. ''You definitely try to keep it going.''
Cain (12-2) joined Colorado's
as the only 12-game winners this season. He lowered his ERA to 2.27, the third-best mark in the NL.
It may be early, but there's talk about Cain as a serious
Not that Giants manager
wants to address that subject - not yet at least.
''We've got a lot of baseball left,'' Bochy said. ''But I can't say enough about what he's done this year. He's really emerged
as a terrific pitcher. He's not trying to power his way through guys, has great poise out there. We'll see. We'll talk about
that in September.''
Cain definitely earned the Rockies' respect.
''He was real good,''
said. ''He's one of the better guys in the league and he throws hard.''
It was supposed to be a matchup of two of the elite pitchers in the NL. But Marquis was bumped due to a bothersome blister
on his right middle finger.
(5-5) started in his place, giving up three runs and seven hits in six innings.
''I had a lot of fun tonight. Even though we lost, it was a great game,'' Hammel said.
, Coors Field has become his home away from AT&T Park. He increased his career batting average to .365 with a 3-for-3 night,
finishing a homer shy of the cycle.
The left-handed hitting Lewis singled in the first, doubled in the fourth and tripled in the sixth. In his final at-bat in
the eighth, he was walked on five pitches by southpaw
''His playing time picked up and he's taking advantage of it,'' Bochy said. ''He had a good game out there.''
The Giants entered the game as the only team without a homer following the All-Star break.
ended that dubious distinction in the fourth, connecting on a 93-mph fastball from Hammel.
It was his fourth of the season.
made his Rockies debut in the eighth inning, setting the Giants down in order. Betancourt was acquired Thursday from Cleveland
and added to the roster before the game.
NOTES: Giants OF
(bruised right forearm) and INF
(right elbow) were given another day off to rest. They're expected to be available Saturday night. ... LHP
(strained shoulder) is going to have an MRI on Monday to see how much progress he's made. ''We're still being optimistic we'll
get good news Monday and he'll start his rehab,'' Bochy said before the game. ... Marquis is scheduled to start Tuesday night
in New York. ...
pitched a perfect eighth for his 27th straight scoreless inning. ... Rockies 3B
had an RBI double in the sixth.