Matt Cain proved why the Giants had faith in him coming out of spring training on Tuesday, when he threw a quality start against the Kansas City Royals. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Matt Cain deals early, Joe Panik delivers late

With his team playing in Kansas City, manager Bruce Bochy was resting at home in San Diego — recovering from heart surgery — on Tuesday.

The San Francisco Giants didn’t take it easy on their skipper. Instead they took their game into extra innings.

But there was some relief in the end, when Joe Panik hit a go-ahead single in the top of the 11th and closer Mark Melancon finished the job in the bottom half of the inning to deliver the Giants a 2-1 victory.

Matt Cain was solid as he completed the seventh inning for the first time in 11 starts. He scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out three.

The only damage landed on Cain came in the fifth, when Whit Merrifield hit a 390-foot home run to right field.

“I thought [Cain] was outstanding, I mean really, really good,” bench coach Ron Wotus, filling in for Bochy, told reporters.

The cause for stress for the Giants in this game was the offense, which struggled to put runs on the board for most of the game. Hunter Pence tied the game, 1-1, in the sixth.

But runs were hard to come by after that frame.

The bullpen held through the eighth and ninth, navigating five baserunners over that span but not allowing either to reach home.

Then, with two outs and Nick Hundley at the plate in a full count, the catcher delivered an inning-extending double. (Buster Posey returned from the disabled list for the game but was the Giants’ desginated hitter.)

Panik brought Hundley home with a single to center field that slid under a diving Lorenzo Cain.

Melancon entered for the bottom half of the inning and kept the uneasiness going by allowing a leadoff single to Salvador Perez. But, after allowing Merrifield to reach on another single, the Giants closer punched out Raul Mondesi to earn his third save of the season.

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