The San Francisco Giants were looking for a rare series win as of late against the Houston Astros as Matt Cain took the mound to lead the charge. Cainer pitched great per usual, but the Giants offense couldn't muster much support, per usual; forcing extra innings for the second straight game. And a after back-and-forth 10th inning the Black and Orange had ran out of rallies, eventually falling by a score of 4-3 in 11 innings at AT&T Park.
Cain's eight innings of two run ball proved all for nought, taking a no decision after the bullpen couldn't hold a 2-1 lead. He allowed only five Houston hits on the day, walking only one while fanning six along the way. Sergio Romo made his first appearance since being activated from the DL earlier Sunday, allowing one hit with two punch outs in 2/3 inning of work. It was Jeremy Affledt and Ramon Ramirez (L 2-3) that gave up the extra runs, was Ramirez giving up the crucial RBI hit to former Giant prospect Matt Downs.
The Giants remained scoreless until the seventh when Aubrey Huff's RBI single got them headed in the right direction, followed by an Orlando Cabrera sacrifice fly to take the lead. Jordan Schafer tied it up in the 8th for Houston forcing extra frames. Both team's traded blows in the 10th with Jason Michaels' RBI double in the top of the inning followed by Mark DeRosa's RBI single to tie it up once again. DeRosa would get thrown out stretching his single to second, causing Bruce Bochy to get ejected after some fierce on-field debating.
With the loss the Giants move to 71-63 on the year, four full games behind Arizona in the NL West. Full box score can be found here.