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Giants romp despite missing three starters from lineup

  • San Francisco Giants' Justin Christian, left, scores on a double to center field by Giants' Ryan Theriot as the throw gets away from Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Rod Barajas during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — Matt Cain's mind drifted. He couldn't help it.

A year to the day after throwing the 22nd perfect game in baseball history, the San Francisco Giants ace didn't give up a hit through four innings on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"I tried not to think about it, but there was enough talk about it that I couldn't really tune out," Cain said.

A single by Pittsburgh's Garrett Jones leading off the bottom of the fifth rendered any discussion of Cain making history again moot, one of the few things that didn't go right for the Giants in a 10-0 romp.

Cain (5-3) struck out three and walked two over 6 2-3 innings.

"He had good command of all his pitches," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's in a good place right now with his delivery and command. I like where he's at."

Hunter Pence hit his 11th homer of the season, while Buster Posey, Gregor Blanco and Joaquin Arias had three hits apiece for San Francisco, which avoided a sweep by sending the Pirates to their worst loss of the year.

Not bad for a team missing injured stars Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan, all of whom are on the disabled list.

"It's a great sign," Bochy said. "We're missing three big bats. You hope guys pick it up and they have the last couple of games. Blanco had a big game. Really, a lot of guys had big games."

Even if it wasn't required on a night Cain seemed to move past the inconsistent play that's dogged him over the first two months of the season.


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