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Giants vs. Nationals, Schedule Preview: Matt Cain Out to Salvage Series Win

The San Francisco Giants lost another close one to the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park Tuesday, but now must focus on their matinee meeting with the Nats Wednesday to clinch a series win with Washington.

Matt Cain (4-4 3.64 ERA) is coming of a nice start against the Rockies last week where he held them to just one run over seven innings and only four hits. Cain will also be looking to redeem himself from a loss to the Nationals May 1 where he allowed only two earned runs but took the L.

Even though the starting pitchers haven’t done anything incredibly remarkable this homestand, the Giants bullpen has held the opposition scoreless for 17 innings so far on this homestand, including four innings Tuesday. The pen has held opponents scoreless in 13 of the last 16 home games.

Cain will face the Nats Yunesky Maya (0-1 8.00 ERA) making only his third start for the Nationals this season. Don’t expect a slugfest at all though as both of these teams love to play them close. The Giants are 17-9 in one-run games this season; In fact 29 of their 34 wins have been decided by three runs or less. In total 50 of the Giants’ 61 games this season have been decided by three runs or fewer.

First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m. PT this afternoon with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.