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Cain in Vain: S.F. Blasted

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain pauses on the mound after giving up a two-RBI double to St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain pauses on the mound after giving up a two-RBI double to St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

San Francisco (ap) — Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher to allow nine runs in an inning since 1902 when Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals tagged him yesterday in a 14-3 romp over San Francisco.

The Cardinals chased Cain (0-1) while scoring nine times in the fourth inning. The last two runs came home on Carlos Beltran’s single off reliever Jose Mijares.

According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the team, Cain was the first Giants pitcher to give up so many runs in a single inning since John Cronin on Sept. 27, 1902, in the second game of New York’s doubleheader against Brooklyn.

Reds 6, Nationals 3

Cincinnati — Johnny Cueto outlasted Stephen Strasburg in a highly anticipated matchup of young aces and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as Cincinnati wrapped up an impressive opening week homestand by beating Washington.

Cueto needed 108 pitches to get through six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked three and struck out six. Aroldis Chapman allowed one hit and had two strikeouts in the ninth for his second save.

Braves 5, Cubs 1

Atlanta — Tim Hudson pitched six-plus strong innings and added an RBI and Ramiro Pena hit a two-run single to help the Braves beat the Cubs.

The three-game sweep ended a 5-1 homestand for Atlanta, which got a solo homer from Dan Uggla in the eighth off Hisanori Takahashi.

Mets 4, Marlins 3

New York — Marlon Byrd grounded a two-run single just inside third base in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Mets a victory over the Marlins.

Daniel Murphy homered and Anthony Recker had a run-scoring double for the Mets, who spoiled an impressive major league debut by prized Miami pitching prospect Jose Fernandez.

Diamondbacks 8
Brewers 7 (11)

Milwaukee — Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske belted a long two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Diamondbacks beat the Brewers to complete a three-game series sweep.

With Cliff Pennington aboard following a leadoff double, Hinske drove a 1-2 pitch from John Axford (0-1) onto the concourse beyond the wall in center field. Hinske raised his right arm as he rounded second with his eighth career pinch-hit homer.

Rockies 9, Padres 1

Denver — Dexter Fowler hit an early two-run homer and Jhoulys Chacin pitched effectively into the seventh inning, helping the Rockies to their first sweep of the Padres at Coors Field in 10 years.

Wilin Rosario broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the seventh as the Rockies improved to 5-1, their best start since 1995 when the Blake Street Bombers began 7-1.

Dodgers 6, Pirates 2

Los Angeles — Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his first major league victory, shrugging off a two-run homer in the first inning by Andrew McCutchen and pitching the Dodgers past the Pirates for a three-game sweep.

Adrian Gonzalez drove in four runs with three hits and Justin Sellers homered for the Dodgers.

Ryu (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out six and walking two.

Jeff Locke (0-1) lost in his season debut, giving up four runs and eight hits over six innings.