DENVER — Matt Cain was nearly unhittable, though that couldn't keep the San Francisco Giants from continuing their recent slide.
Cain's best performance of the season was wasted, as he scattered three hits, allowed a run, struck out five, walked one and retired the last 20 batters he faced.
"What a great job he did, saved us in the second inning when we were throwing the ball all over the place," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He picked us up and kept them from scoring again." But Nolan Arenado hit a game-ending single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 victory over the Giants, losers of six straight for the first time in three years.
"It's not a good stretch," Bochy said. "I'll leave it at that." Cain was reached for a single run with two outs in the first inning. Michael Cuddyer drove an 0-2 pitch into center field to drive in the run.
"I had a chance to get out of that in the first inning and didn't make a good pitch to Cuddyer," said Cain. "I could kick myself for that (0-2 curveball)."