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Baseball: Cain beats Phils 3-0 as Giants take 2-1 NLCS lead

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By Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain has endured years of little or no run support. He has been San Francisco's second star pitcher behind Tim Lincecum. Cain blew it earlier this month against San Diego when the Giants took their first shot at clinching the NL West.

So, what a day for the outing of his life, and his first career victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in six tries.

Cain pitched seven impressive innings and outdueled 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels for his first postseason win, and the Giants beat the Phillies 3-0 on Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the NL championship series.

"I think this is probably the top one I've ever pitched," Cain said. "To be able to pitch in the postseason is great, and to be able to throw the ball well and help your team win is a great feeling."

Cain allowed two hits, struck out five and walked three in a strong 119-pitch effort.

"Matt got into a rhythm and we got to score a couple of runs early for him," center fielder Aaron Rowand said. "Everybody who has followed this team all year has seen after the first couple of innings when he gets into his groove he's tough. He did it again today. Our MVP today was Matt Cain."

Along with Cody Ross, of course.


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