Cain Delivers With Arm and Bat

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 12:08 AM CDT
San Francisco Giants left fielder Fred Lewis jumps for the balll hit for a home run by Houston Astros' Carlos Lee during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in San Francisco.    (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – Matt Cain provided his own insurance run and limited Lance Berkman to only a base hit. Cain hit a solo home run and earned his first victory in three starts, and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Houston Astros' four-game winning streak 4-2 on Tuesday night. It was the fourth career homer and second this season for Cain (2-3).

The drive to left leading off the fifth put the Giants up 4-1.  He also connected on April 12 against St. Louis. The Giants started the game with three straight extra-base hits against Brandon Backe (2-5) on the way to a quick 3-0 lead. Carlos Lee hit his eighth home run of the year on an eighth-inning solo shot.