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Cain shuts down Phillies

Jul 28, 2011 - 4:11 AM Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Giants may be adding a big bat to their struggling lineup, but they didn't need one with the way Matt Cain and the bullpen pitched them to a 2-1 victory over the Phillies.

Cain (9-6) allowed just four hits and one unearned run over seven-plus innings, as San Francisco evened the three-game series after dropping Tuesday's opener. Javier Lopez and Brian Wilson retired the final six batters to clinch the win.

Aaron Rowand and Nate Schierholtz each knocked in a run for an offense that reportedly got a boost Wednesday by landing star outfielder Carlos Beltran in a trade with the Mets.

Cole Hamels (12-6) took the loss despite another quality outing, as the lefty was charged with two runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

"They're a tough team. They battle. I know they don't score a lot of runs, but they fight until the end. They're the type of team you can't take lightly," Hamels said of the reigning World Series champions.

Cain had pitched to a woeful 6.23 earned run average in his first five career outings against the Phillies, but he tossed seven scoreless frames against them in last year's National League Championship Series.

He was every bit as dominant in the anticipated rematch of first-place teams, silencing a club that had won six of seven coming in.

The Giants went in front in the third. Eli Whiteside reached on an infield single, and Rowand doubled into the right-field corner to plate the catcher from first.

Hamels battled in the seventh, giving up a pair of doubles, a walk and also hitting a batter. The Giants managed only one run, though, when Schierholtz's sinking liner fell in front of a diving Domonic Brown to score Jeff Keppinger.

Cain and his battery mate, Whiteside, were in sync throughout, but their communication fell apart briefly when Shane Victorino hit a fly ball between them leading off the home seventh. Both converged and Cain called off his backstop before missing the ball, and Victorino ended up on second.

Two batters later, Brown hit a chopper to first that took a bad hop and caromed off Aubrey Huff's glove for an RBI single.

Whiteside, who was credited with the error in the seventh, made another mistake that nearly cost the Giants an inning later, but Lopez retired three straight following a inning-opening catcher's interference.

Wilson set down Philadelphia's 4-5-6 hitters in the ninth to record his 32nd save of the season.

"We saw two great pitchers going at it. We scratched and clawed for a couple runs and it turned out to be enough," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We actually got away with some mistakes. We know it. Against a good club, you usually don't get away with it."

Game Notes

The Giants, who have 28 one-run victories this season, have reportedly sent right-handed prospect Zack Wheeler to the New York Mets in exchange for Beltran and cash...Cain has now defeated every National League team. He has received just 14 runs of support over his last seven games...Michael Martinez had the Phillies' only extra-base hit, a double in the third inning...The Phillies will go for a 10th straight series win at home on Thursday with Kyle Kendrick scheduled to start on the mound. The Giants have yet to announced their starting pitching.