Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/7/12

SAN DIEGO -- Four errors by teammates might spell doom for most pitchers.

Matt Cain isn't like most pitchers, though, as the San Francisco Giants ace again showed on Thursday en route to his sixth win in a row.

Cain struck out nine in seven innings without allowing an earned run, and Buster Posey, Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco homered as the Giants beat the San Diego Padres, 8-5, to win the three-game series at PETCO Park.

The Giants (33-25) have won nine of their last 11 games.

The Padres (19-39) are on pace to lose 109 games.

Cain was harmed more by a Giants defense that leads the National League in errors than a Padres offense that ranked last in the majors with a .189 batting average with men in scoring position.

Four Giants fielders combined to make four errors in six innings, including two in the third inning that led to three unearned runs with the Giants ahead 4-0.

But Cain (7-2) never allowed the Padres to get even.

The right-hander broke several bats with inside fastballs and held San Diego to two hits in 12 at-bats with men in scoring position.

Cain struck out four in a row early in the game, including San Diego's Nos. 4-5 hitters to escape the first after first-baseman Brandon Belt's error left Padres on the corners with one out.

Cain had thrown over 100 pitches when he faced pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay after the Padres, with help from an error, loaded the bases with none out in the sixth. Cain induced a shallow flyout from Kotsay and got Cameron Maybin to hit into a double play, preserving the 4-3 lead.

In the seventh Pagan's fifth home run, a two-run drive onto the right-field scoreboard, made it 6-3.

Blanco hit his third homer in the eighth.

The Giants took advantage of a throwing error to score two runs in the first.

Padres pitcher Jason Marquis had a chance to start an inning-ending double play after fielding a comebacker but threw wide of second base.

Posey, the cleanup man, followed with an RBI single to center field. An out later Belt made it 2-0 with a double to right.

Posey later rifled a fat slider off the Western Metal building for his seventh home run.

Marquis was making his Padres debut. In seven starts with the Twins this year, he had an 8.47 ERA.

NOTES: Belt had two hits with men in scoring position; for his career, he was 10-for-66 (.166) in those situations. . . The Padres will have reliever Andrew Cashner start against the Brewers on Saturday in Milwaukee. Plagued by walks this year, Cashner said he is excited about the start, which will be his first since last April when he was a No. 5 starter for the Cubs. . . Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez threw from 105 feet and hit off a tee in his comeback from shoulder and back ailments.

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