Missed opportunities plague Giants, righty in low-scoring affair 

click to enlarge The Cain train: The Giants’ four extra-base hits weren’t enough to keep the Marlins within reach, as Matt Cain received the loss despite allowing two runs in eight innings - THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • The Cain train: The Giants’ four extra-base hits weren’t enough to keep the Marlins within reach, as Matt Cain received the loss despite allowing two runs in eight innings

Matt Cain found himself matched up with another pitcher who has a history of pitching well at AT&T Park on Tuesday, but this time ended up on the losing end of a 2-1 Giants loss to the Miami Marlins.

The Giants’ offense had some pop in the game, with four extra-base hits, including Pablo Sandoval’s fifth homer of the year, but left runners stranded on third in four different innings as they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

“There’s no magic bullet for this,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the team’s ability to drive in runs.

“Sometimes it’s contagious, sometimes it can get in your head. You couldn’t ask for a better situation. Hopefully this does not get in our heads."

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco, who came into the game with a career 3-0 record and 0.76 ERA at AT&T Park, pitched 7¹⁄³ innings, allowing just one run on Sandoval’s blast into the arcade on top of the wall in right field in the sixth inning. He earned his third win of the season.

Cain needed just 102 pitches over eight innings, and did his best to help the offense with a double off the right-center wall in the third inning and a fly ball that moved Brandon Crawford from second to third in the fifth frame. He gave up one home run — a line drive by Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton that tucked inside the foul pole in left field.

The Giants’ biggest threat came in the eighth, when Nolasco intentionally walked Sandoval to load the bases for Buster Posey, who grounded into an inning-ending double play.

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