Cain Finally Catches a Break Over Rockies

Righty wins first game of the season
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2008 1:35 AM CDT
San Francisco Giants' Ray Durham, right, steals second base as Colorado Rockies second baseman Jeff Baker, left, applies a tag during the first inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Monday.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Matt Cain got an early lead and his teammates held it, helping San Francisco's hard-luck pitcher to his first win of 2008 with a 4-0 victory over the slumping Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Giants manager Bruce Bochy moved past former San Francisco skipper Felipe Alou for most victories by a foreign-born manager in major league history with 1,034.

Aaron Rowand doubled and drove in two runs, including when he and Rich Aurilia each drew bases-loaded walks to force home a pair of insurance runs in the fifth. Rowand hit an RBI single in the first and Ray Durham also singled in a run that inning. Cain (1-2) didn't allow a run over 5 1-3 innings, ending a five-start winless stretch to start the year.