Source: San Jose Mercury News
The Giants' lengthy shutout streak was over after one pitch Friday night. The end of their winning streak wasn't far behind.
Cincinnati Reds leadoff hitter Zack Cozart homered on the first pitch he saw from Matt Cain, who was roughed up in a 5-1 loss at AT&T Park. The leadoff home run snapped the Giants' 36-inning shutout streak, and the loss snapped a four-game winning streak that vaulted the club into first place.
"It was a good run -- I'm just sad I didn't keep it going," Cain said. "I was trying to go away (to Cozart), and it was in the middle. They're an aggressive team. I was getting them to swing but wasn't making quality pitches."
The leadoff homer sent a jolt through AT&T Park, where Cain had thrown a perfect game the last time he took his home mound.
With their ace on the mound, reaching the franchise record of 38 consecutive scoreless innings seemed a near formality for the Giants. But Cozart jumped on Cain's fastball that cut back over the plate, and the Reds scored two more in the first inning on a double from Jay Bruce.
The loss snapped Cain's eight-game winning streak.
"Matty was a little off today," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was out of sync. He battled out there, but he just had trouble getting the ball where he wanted it."
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