Home runs derail Cain in loss to Orioles

Home runs derail Cain in loss to Orioles

SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Bruce Bochy was hoping the Giants' first series win in Miami on Wednesday would "jump-start" the club as it entered a critical 10-game homestand Friday. Instead, the same recurring issues continued to plague Matt Cain and San Francisco during its 5-2 series-opening loss to the Orioles at AT&T Park.

Cain, who was looking to win his fourth consecutive start for the first time since stringing together eight straight wins in 2012, yielded a career-high 11 hits and fell victim to the home run ball again.

Cain gave up two home runs in his four-plus innings and has now allowed seven home runs in five starts since returning from the disabled list July 20.

The first one he allowed came against Mark Trumbo in the fourth inning. Cain left the ninth pitch of the at-bat out over the plate, prompting the Major League home run leader to blast it 441 feet, according to Statcast™, into the left-field bleachers.

"He put a good swing on it. It was just that they got a couple heaters on the plate and they didn't miss 'em," Cain said of an Orioles team that leads the Majors in home runs.

Bochy on Giants' loss

Cain entered Friday having not allowing an earned run in 10 innings over his last two outings. Bochy said before the game that the 12-year veteran's pitching prowess had clearly picked up. But the right-hander lost command of his fastball and left a number of pitches out over the plate. The end result was every Orioles position player recording a hit against Cain in less than five innings.

"Matt's coming off two pretty good starts; he had a little hiccup tonight," said Bochy, adding that Cain's spot in the rotation is not in doubt.

Rather, the manager seemed more concerned with the continued attrition of the club's offense.

"Still, we got to get this offense going," said Bochy.

Regardless of the battles Cain faced on the mound Friday night, the Giants offense generated two runs or fewer for the fifth time in the last seven games.

"We'll have a couple games where we'll score five, six, seven, eight runs; we're just not doing it consistently enough," said Buster Posey, who finished 0-for-3 with one walk.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.