By Paul Gackle
SAN FRANCISCO — Jaime Garcia was the only obstacle standing between Matt Cain and another dominant performance at AT&T Park Friday night.
Garcia (2-3) handed Cain (3-3) his second home loss of the season by stifling the Giants (20-30) bats over 62⁄3 innings and driving in the decisive run in a 2-0 win by the visiting Atlanta Braves.
The Braves left hander broke a scoreless tie after manager Bruce Bochy elected to intentionally walk shortstop Dansby Swanson with two outs and a runner on second in the top of the seventh.
But instead of being a routine out, Garcia managed to squeak a ground ball past an outstretched Brandon Crawford into left, bringing in Tyler Flowers. Swanson also scored on the play after Brandon Belt’s off-target throw from left bounced off Flowers left leg and trickled toward the Braves dugout. Belt was charged with a throwing error on the play.
Excluding Garcia’s RBI single, Cain, who entered the contest with a 1.19 ERA in four starts at AT&T Park, put together another solid outing at China Basin, continuing the bipolar discrepancy between his home and road performances.
In his last start, Cain surrendered seven runs in 51⁄3 innings in St. Louis, raising his road ERA to 8.28. But Cain found his mark in pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park once again, surrendering just one earned run on seven hits in seven innings of work, the fifth-consecutive home start in which he’s surrendered one or fewer earned runs.
Unfortunately for Cain, the…
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