Seattle—The Seattle Mariners were feeling pretty good about themselves thru 7 innnings against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. Then came the eighth inning. Juan Uribe got the big hit San Francisco had been missing, a two-out bases clearing double in a five-run eighth inning, and Matt Cain tossed his first complete game this season in the Giants' 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
On a maddening streak of failing to come up with a clutch hit, Uribe gave the Giants just that. With two outs and the bases loaded, Uribe lined a 1-0 pitch from Seattle reliever Mark Lowe to the wall in right-center field, scoring all three runners just when it appeared the Giants were destined for another low-scoring loss and ending the their 3-for-35 slump with runners in scoring position.
Following Uribe's double, Fred Lewis slugged a two-run homer off Lowe (0-2) as the Giants matched their season-high with five runs in the inning - nearly equaling their offensive output of seven runs in the previous six games before Saturday.
The rally helped Cain win his third straight decision, following up on a 2-0 victory over the New York Mets last Sunday. Cain was remarkably efficient with his pitches, peppering the zone with strikes all night. He threw 111 pitches, 81 strikes, and coasted to his fifth career complete game.
Only once did Seattle solve Cain. In the third, Franklin Gutierrez and Ichiro Suzuki both jumped on pitches early in the count for singles. Endy Chavez then bunted the pair into scoring position and Adrian Beltre's routine grounder to short was deep enough for Gutierrez to score.
But Cain allowed just four singles after the third - never more than one in an inning - and allowed just one runner to reach second. He gave up 10 hits, struck out seven and walked none, winning for just the fourth time in 12 interleague starts.
Seattle starter Garrett Olson matched Cain, shutting out the Giants for six innings while filling in for Jarrod Washburn, who was scratched with tightness above his left knee. Keeping his pitches down in the zone, Olson scattered just four hits and allowed only two runners to reach second base. He struck out four and walked only two.
But Seattle's usually reliable bullpen failed.
Miguel Batista made things interesting in the seventh by loading the bases with one out. But the veteran righty struck out pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz and Beltre snared Aaron Rowand's one-hopper to end the threat.
Lowe got two easy outs in the eighth before giving up back-to-back singles to Bengie Molina and Randy Winn, and walking Emmanuel Burriss on a 3-2 pitch. Uribe then hit his fourth double of the season.
After Lewis' shot, the Giants loaded the bases again before Denny Stark struck out Rich Aurilla to finally end the inning. Notes: Giants' 1B Jesus Guzman picked up his first major league hit in the seventh, an infield single that Beltre made a diving stop on but couldn't get the ball to second in time for a force out on Winn. It was initially ruled a fielder's choice, even though the ball was thrown into the Giants dugout for Guzman to keep, everyone assuming it was a hit. It was later changed to a hit. ... Giants DH Pablo Sandoval left in the eighth inning with a sore right elbow. He was scheduled to catch Sunday's series finale, but manager Bruce Bochy said Sandoval would likely be the DH again.