NEW YORK — Matt Cain is winless in three September starts despite a 1.29 ERA. That's the sort of season it's been for the San Francisco Giants and their All-Star right-hander.
Josh Satin hit a two-run single to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent New York past the Giants 5-4 on Wednesday night, moments after Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada broke his right leg.
Shut down by Cain for almost eight innings, a makeshift Mets lineup fought back against the San Francisco bullpen. Pinch-hitter Zach Lutz had an RBI double and Juan Centeno, making his major league debut, singled in a run off closer Sergio Romo (4-8).
"To lose one like this is not easy to swallow," Cain said.
Cain managed only two outs July 10 in a 7-2 loss to the Mets, the lone time in 264 career starts that he failed to get out of the first inning. This time, he was on top of his game.
He scattered six singles over 7 2-3 innings and did not allow an earned run. New York pushed only one runner to second base before the eighth, when Satin hit a sacrifice fly.
That was the end of the night for Cain, who struck out six and walked none. New York's late comeback left him winless in four outings since beating Miami on Aug. 17. The three-time All-Star made his third start since spending 15 days on the disabled list with a bruised right forearm.
"He was great. He pitched well. It's a shame we couldn't get a win for him," manager Bruce Bochy said. "You have to give them credit on coming from behind. They almost did it last night, and they did it tonight."
Cain walked off to a warm ovation from another vocal throng of Giants fans in the crowd of 23,698. San Francisco plays at Yankee Stadium this weekend, and Giants jerseys have dotted the stands during the first two nights of a three-game series at Citi Field.
Gregor Blanco hit an early two-run homer off Mets starter Aaron Harang.