Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ross, Cain, Giants beat Phils 3-0, take 2-1 NLCS lead


In the third spectacular NLCS pitching matchup in as many games, the Giants' Matt Cain dominated the Phillies on the hill and turned a little run support into a Game 3 victory.

Cain pitched seven two-hit innings, Cody Ross continued his mastery of Philadelphia's Cole Hamels with a fourth-inning tiebreaking RBI single and the Giants beat the Phillies 3-0 in San Francisco Tuesday to take a 2-1 series lead.

Cain's strong effort earned him his first career playoff win. Ross, who homered three times in the first two games of the series, victimized Hamels again after doing so regularly with division rival Florida prior to coming to San Francisco as a waiver-wire pickup in August.

This time, Ross came up in the fourth inning with two outs and knocked in Edgar Renteria, who had walked, one batter before Aubrey Huff singled home former Phillie Pat Burrell.

One inning later, the Giants' Freddy Sanchez's infield single -- initially ruled an error on Phillies second baseman Chase Utley -- scored Aaron Rowand, another ex-Phillie, who had doubled.

Philadelphia, which hadn't been shut out since August, couldn't do much against Cain. The Phillies got two runners on with two outs in the seventh, but Shane Victorino grounded out to end that inning.

The Phillies' only baserunner after that came in the ninth, when Jimmy Rollins singled with one out. But Giants closer Brian Wilson induced a game-ending double play from Raul Ibanez to give San Francisco the series lead.

Cain struck out five batters and walked three. Hamels allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of work, with eight strikeouts and a walk.

Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday night. Giants rookie Madison Bumgarner will face Philadelphia's Joe Blanton.

NOTES: Ross has an RBI in each of the last four postseason games in which he had a plate appearance. ... San Francisco's Juan Uribe was back in the lineup after missing Game 2 with a bruised left wrist. Reportedly, tests showed no structural damage. ... Cain was pitching on 10 days' rest, the longest stretch of his career. He received a no-decision in the Giants' loss to Atlanta in Game 2 of their division series.


Photo above: Matt Cain pitches in Game 3. (Ben Margot/AP)

Audio credit -- Giants Radio Network/Phils Radio Network

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