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SAN FRANCISCO —The pitcher with the perfect game ended the franchise-record
run of shutouts. Percy Harvin Youth Jersey . Matt Cain took
the mound for his first home start since tossing his gem June 13, and with one
pitch his chances of throwing the Giants fifth consecutive shutout were gone.
Mike Leake pitched a nine-hitter for his first career complete game and homered
off Cain, and the Cincinnati Reds beat San Francisco 5-1 on Friday night.
Zack Cozart hit the first pitch of the game from Cain over the wall in
left-centre and, just like that, San Franciscos franchise-best shutouts streak
ended at four. “First pitch, I was trying to go away and it was middle,” Cain
said. While Cain has the perfecto to his name, it was everybody else in the
rotation—Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner, in
that order—involved in the remarkable string of shutouts. San Francisco also
was the first team in major league history to blank four clubs when the opponent
had begun the day in first place. “It was great. It was a good run and Im just
sad I didnt keep it going,” Cain said. “The guys had done a huge job over the
(week) against the Dodgers and last night with Bumgarners performance. I wanted
to follow that up, and I didnt do that.” Jay Bruce added a two-run double in the
first among his four hits to stake Leake (3-5) to a quick cushion as the Reds
got to Cain early to snap a four-game road skid. Leake homered with two outs in
the sixth, his second of the year. Cain (9-3), pitching at home in sold-out
AT&T Park for the first time since tossing the 22nd perfect game June 13
against the Astros, had his career-best eight-game winning streak snapped. The
right-hander allowed three runs in the first inning for the first time since
June 24, 2010, at Houston. “Every time he goes out there he has no-hitter stuff
and right away we jumped him in the first inning and we chipped on a couple more
runs after that,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “When you can score like this,
especially when youre the visiting team, it takes a lot of pressure off your
pitcher.” San Franciscos pitching staff went 36 innings without allowing a run,
beginning after Cains start at Oakland last Sunday and lasting until his next
outing. It was the longest scoreless innings streak in San Francisco history and
second-longest to the franchise mark of 38 accomplished by the New York Giants
in 1903 and 33. Bruce also hit an RBI double in the seventh that chased Cain,
matching his career high with four hits for the fifth time he has done it. Cains
11 hits in 6 2-3 innings matched his most given up this year and the
right-hander lost for the first time in 11 starts since a defeat to Miami on May
1. He allowed five runs, struck out seven and walked one. Leake came out for the
ninth and allowed Pablo Sandovals one-out home run before retiring Brandon Belt
on a deep fly to centre and striking out Brandon Crawford to end his impressive
111-pitch performance. “Im not huge on complete games but it was nice to get one
finally,” he said. “Couldnt happen without the defence we had today and the
early start that we got in the first inning.” Leake escaped the fourth on an
inning-ending double play on which Sandoval, trying to break it up, reached his
right hand around shortstop Cozarts left leg to trip him up and keep him from
turning it. Belt was initially called safe, then Baker raced out to argue. The
umpiring crew visited and overturned the call to interference, ending the
inning. Manager Bruce Bochy said it was the right call. Sandoval made a legal
slide, but the mistake was grabbing Cozarts leg. “I did it,” Sandoval admitted
with a smile. Brandon Phillips returned to the Reds lineup after he was
scratched before Thursday nights series opener because of continuing effects
from the blow to the head he received during Wednesdays 8-4 loss to the
Milwaukee Brewers. Baker said Phillips passed all concussion tests Friday.
Phillips went 1 for 5 with a seventh-inning single and stolen base before
scoring on Bruces second double. “He was trying hard to lobby to get back in the
lineup,” Baker said. Leake singled in the second ahead of his homer. Joey Votto
also contributed three hits for the Reds, who finished the first half of this
11-game road trip. NOTES: Leake threw 76 pitches for strikes. His 37 hits over
the last three seasons are most by any major league pitcher. ... Cain is 4-2
with a 2.01 ERA in eight home starts. ... A low-hovering blimp cause plenty of
uneasiness for those watching it swirl in the wind just above the ballpark and
near the centre field light poles early in the game. At first pitch, the wind
was 12mph blowing toward centre. ... Baker managed the Giants 2002 World Series
runner-up team that will be honoured here Sunday. “Its hard to believe its been
10 years,” Baker said. “My son was 3 at the time. Now hes 13.” Some players have
already begun to arrive, including Benito Santiago and Pedro Feliz. Home run
king Barry Bonds is scheduled to attend the festivities. ... Baker is 15-13 as a
visiting manager at AT&T Park. ... The Giants called up RHP Brad Penny,
signed to a minor league contract May 18 for his second stint with the
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Gord Dineen and Derek King have also signed contract extensions to continue with
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won 14 majors and more than 70 tournaments around the world. He is the first
golfer to earn more than $100 million, and held top spot on the Official World
Golf Ranking longer than many players have careers on the PGA Tour. Yet one
thing Tiger Woods doesnt have is a winning record at the Ryder Cup. He sports a
mediocre 13-14-2 mark and has only won the celebrated mug once in his
illustrious career. Thats right, Tiger is one for six against the Europeans, and
on Tuesday, he took full blame for his play. “Well, certainly, I am responsible
for that because I didnt earn the points that I was put out there for,” Woods
said. “I believe I was out there for five sessions each time and didnt go 5-0
for our side. So I certainly am a part of that and thats part of being a team. I
needed to go and get points for my team and didnt do it. “Hopefully I can do
that this week, hopefully the other guys do the same and we can get this thing
rolling.” Of course over most of that period of time, Woods has been the best
player in the game and his opponents no doubt get up anytime they have a chance
to face him. There are never any easy matches in the Ryder Cup but the chance to
knock off Woods has fueled more than one team. Winning a point is a great
achievement; winning one when Woods is on the other team is almost worth two, at
least in the Euro team room. “Its a huge game for an underdog to play a
Tiger Woods, and they get up for it,&quoot; said Graeme McDowell. Chad Greenway Womens Jersey. “They are not
expected to win. When expectation levels drop, game tends to improve. A guy who
plays Tiger Woods, or a player of that calibre, doesnt expect to win so he lets
it all go and he plays out of his skin and gets the upset.” Its worth noting
that Woods record in singles play is much better than the team portion of the
competition. Alone, hes 4-1-1. Its no secret that its been tough to find a
partner for him over the years. Hes played with 11 different golfers over the
years although just two in his last two Cups – Steve Stricker three times in
2010 and Furyk four times in 2006. “Yeah, I think with as dominant as he was
through most of those years, I think anyone would be a little surprised to see a
.500,” said Jim Furyk, who along with Phil Mickelson and Woods, are the Old
Guard on the U.S. team. “But also that has a lot to do with   no one has an
extremely good record on our team, would be my guess, and that would be because
we havent won a lot of these matches.” That may be a big chicken and egg, but
the point is well made. And, as competitive as Woods is, losing again and again
is not easy to swallow. What may spur him on this week is the fact he no longer
is No. 1, that he is facing idle chatter that his game is waning and that his
time at the top is running out. Nothing would be sweeter for Woods than to
secure four or even five points and win the Cup. ’ ’ ’ 

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