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Cain, Winn lead Giants past reeling Braves

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[August 16, 2008]  ATLANTA (AP) -- Randy Winn had his 100th career homer among his four hits and drove in two runs, helping the San Francisco Giants send the Atlanta Braves to their fifth straight loss, 5-1 Friday night.

Matt Cain allowed only one run in seven innings to continue his recent string of strong starts. Cain (8-9) has a 1.81 ERA in his last seven starts, but he's only 3-2 in that span.

Cain gave up six hits and a walk, and struck out five. Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.

Atlanta has lost four straight at Turner Field in the five-game skid. The Braves are 5-15 at home in July and August.

Bengie Molina also had four hits and drove in two runs. The Giants had 15 hits, one shy of their season high, and ended a four-game losing streak.

Molina's single to right drove in Fred Lewis to give the Giants a 1-0 lead off Jair Jurrjens in the first.

Dave Roberts reached on an infield single in the third and stole second. Roberts moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Winn's fly ball to right for a 2-0 lead.


The Braves scored their only run off Cain in the sixth. Mark Kotsay, who hit for the cycle on Thursday night, led off with a double to right for his second hit. Kotsay moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Chipper Jones' single to left.

Jurrjens (11-8) lasted at least six innings for the 12th straight start and set a career high with nine strikeouts. The rookie right-hander gave up eight hits and two runs with no walks in seven innings.

The Giants quickly added to a 2-1 lead as soon as Jurrjens left the game. Winn led off the eighth with his homer to left off Will Ohman. Lewis added a single to knock Ohman out of the game and moved to third on Molina's single to left off Jeff Bennett.

Travis Ishikawa drove in Lewis with another single to left for a 4-1 lead. The ball skipped past Gregor Blanco for an error. Bennett issued an intentional walk to Eugenio Velez to load the bases with no outs, but the Giants could not score another run.

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Roberts was thrown out at the plate in the fifth while trying to score from first on Winn's double down the left-field line. Jones took Blanco's throw from left and threw Roberts out at the plate on a close play.

Notes: The Braves signed 10th-round draft pick J.J. Hoover to a minor league contract with a $400,000 signing bonus. ... Giants manager Bruce Bochy said OF Aaron Rowand, who left Thursday's game in Houston with tightness in his lower back, should play on Saturday. ... LHP Tom Glavine returned to the disabled list with a sore left elbow one day after he gave up seven runs in four innings against the Cubs in his first start since June 10. The Braves purchased the contract of RHP Matt DeSalvo from Triple-A Richmond and transferred RHP Tim Hudson to the 60-day DL.

[Associated Press; By CHARLES ODUM]

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



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