Matt Cain got the Giants off on the right foot in their home opener on Friday afternoon by throwing a 1-hit complete game, shutting out the visiting Pirates as San Francisco rolled to a 5-0 win. Cain struck out 11 and walked none, and was one 6th inning single by - ironically, opposing pitcher James McDonald - away from a perfect game.
First baseman Aubrey Huff went 2 for 3, including an 8th inning two-run shot. He had 3 RBIs on the day. Left fielder Melky Cabrera had two hits and two runs for the Giants, who improve to 3-4 on the year.
Pirates starting picture James McDonald went 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs, and issued three walks. He struck out one, and picked up the loss with little help from his offense. The Pirates fall to 2-5 on the very young season.
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