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Astros halt Matt Cain's unbeaten streak

The Giants right-hander hadn't lost in six starts.

August 04, 2009|Associated Press

HOUSTON — Geoff Blum and Kaz Matsui each hit a home run against Matt Cain and Houston ended the San Francisco right-hander's six-start unbeaten streak with a 4-3 victory.

Blum led off the fifth inning with a home run, the first earned run given up by Cain in 14 innings. That cut the Giants' lead to 2-1, and Matsui put the Astros on top in the sixth inning with a two-run shot off the right-field foul pole.

Cain (12-3) also gave up Carlos Lee's run-scoring single in the eighth inning.

Mike Hampton (7-8) gave up eight hits, only one after the Giants took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. The left-hander struck out six and won for only the third time in eight starts.

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