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Giants keep winning the close ones, sweep Houston

Jul 15, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

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It didn’t take 12 innings, like Saturday’s game did, but the Giants edged the Astros 3-2 for the second straight game Sunday, with Matt Cain picking up his 10th win in the process.

Cain, facing the Astros for the first time since he pitched a perfect game against them last month, allowed two runs — one earned — in 6 1/3 innings.

The Giants are now 49-40 this season, even though they’ve been outscored by three runs.

They’re one of three teams playing on the opposite side of their run differential:

Giants: 49-40 – 346 RS, 349 RA – (3)
Orioles: 46-42 – 361 RS, 400 RA – (39)
Indians: 45-43 – 395 RS, 425 RA – (30)

The big factor there: the Giants are 20-13 in one-run games. In fact, the Orioles, Indians and Giants (in that order) have MLB’s best winning percentages in one-run games this season.

There aren’t currently any teams under .500 with a positive run differential, though the Red Sox have fit that description for much of the season. They’re currently 45-44 with 438 runs scored and 395 runs allowed (+43). The Diamondbacks have exactly as many runs scored as runs allowed (377) and they’re 42-46.

The Rangers, at +73, have baseball’s best run differential, with the Yankees second at +68. Those are also the two teams with the best records in baseball. The Twins have the worst run differential at -96. The Astros, with baseball’s worst record, are second at -77.

  1. 700lb - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Matt Cain really is the model for consistency. Very smart of the Giants to get him locked up

    • joecool16280 - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      I think they offered Lincecm like 100M but he turned it down so they did a two year contract. What a blessing. Cain has always been regarded as the long term guy anyways and his numbers don’t do him justice. Poor guy never had any run support.

  2. blazertop - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Wow, the Astros are bad. Thanks Drayton!

  3. djpostl - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    9-1 versus the Scrubs & the Disastros has a lot to do with it.

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