National League Game Summary - Houston at San Francisco|
(Thursday, June 14th)
Final Score: Houston 6, San Francisco 3
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - One day after Matt Cain threw the 22nd
perfect game in major league history, the Houston Astros made sure it didn't
happen again, using a pair of long balls to take a 6-3 victory over the San
Francisco Giants in the finale of a three-game set at AT&T Park.
J.D. Martinez clobbered a grand slam and Matt Downs added a solo shot for the
Astros, who had lost three of their last four entering play on Thursday.
Justin Maxwell contributed an RBI single and Jose Altuve added two hits in the
"When you're down 0-2 in the series, you have to get out of here with a win,"
Downs said. "Cain obviously had the stuff last night and threw unbelievable.
We had to bounce back today and put a couple runs on the board early."
Wandy Rodriguez (6-4) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while
fanning three in six innings of work to get the win. Brett Myers picked up
his 16th save of the season with a clean ninth inning.
Brandon Belt crushed a two-run homer and Hector Sanchez added a sacrifice
fly for the Giants, who had won five of their last seven coming in.
"It feels good to be comfortable at the plate," Belt said. "I've been
searching for my swing pretty much all season and to get a few games where I
feel pretty good, it feels great and I'm going to try to keep it going."
Barry Zito (5-4) surrendered five runs on five hits and three walks with three
strikeouts over five innings. to absorb the loss.
Houston took a 1-0 lead on Downs' solo shot in the second and added more in
Zito got himself into trouble by issuing three straight one-out walks. The
former Cy Young Award winner compounded his problems by serving up a fastball
over the heart of the plate to Martinez, who crushed it roughly six rows back
in left field to extend the Astros' lead to 5-0.
Sanchez ripped a two-out single in the San Francisco fourth, and Belt followed
by pulverizing a hanging curveball from Rodriguez high over the wall in right
and into McCovey Cove to pull the Giants within three.
Angel Pagan singled to start the Giants' sixth and came around to score on
Sanchez's sacrifice fly two batters later to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Maxwell's RBI single in the eighth accounted for the final margin.
Despite the loss, the Giants have gone 9-4 in June...Seven of Zito's 13 starts
this season have been quality starts. The Giants fell to 7-6 in games started
by Zito...Houston went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded
four, while San Francisco finished 0-for-4 with men in scoring position and
left four on base.
06/14 21:52:38 ET