SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants recovered from another late-game meltdown Wednesday night, rallying in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 victory over the Florida Marlins, but not in time for Matt Cain.
Cain saw one streak end in his solid outing, but a bullpen breakdown prevented him from getting any closer to finally putting another to rest.
Despite allowing his first home run in 14 games, a go-ahead two-run shot by Florida right fielder Jeremy Hermida in the fourth inning, Cain was in line to push his record to the .500 mark for the first time since he was 1-1 after four starts into the 2007 season. But with one out to go, closer Brian Wilson yielded a tying three-run home run to pinch hitter John Baker.
The Giants ultimately salvaged the game, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth before Bengie Molina lined a sacrifice fly to center field to score Dave Roberts with the winning run.
But it was another near-miss for Cain, who is 15-25 since the start of last season despite posting a respectable 3.58 ERA. After a tough-luck July in which Cain had an 1.88 ERA but just a 2-3 record, Cain is 2-0 and has allowed just eight runs in four starts in August. A victory Wednesday would have assured Cain of his first winning month since he was 4-1 last August and also inched him closer to his first winning record since he ended the 2006 season with a 13-12 mark.