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Molina homers twice in Giants' rout of Rockies


Molina homers twice in Giants' rout of Rockies
DENVER There were shouts of joy, peals of laughter, high fives and smiles all around in the Giants' postgame clubhouse Thursday.

But the Giants' good vibes were notthe result of Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension and the impact it could have on the NL West race.

No, the Giants were simply happy to follow up a wretched game with a good one. Bengie Molina hit two home runs and Matt Cain held the Colorado Rockies to one hit in six scoreless innings as the Giants won 8-1 at Coors Field.

It was the second time on this road trip that the Giants bounced back strong from a night loss to win in the daylight.

"It says we're ready to turn a corner, I think," said Molina, who drove in four runs and has 27 RBIs in 27 games. "We just have to find a way to play like this every day. It won't be easy. It won't happen overnight. But you'll see. If we play this way, we'll be all right."

The Giants were less enthusiastic about Ramirez's positive test for a banned substance, even though it certainly enhances their chances in the NL West and might prevent the Dodgers from running away with the division.

Instead, most players were saddened that another of Baseball's brightest stars had become sullied by the sport's never-ending steroids era.

"It's a very, very sad day for Baseball," Molina said. "I won't judge Manny. I'm sure he's pretty bummed. It's a sad day, and not just for Baseball, but for the man. Manny is a good guy."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Ramirez's suspension doesn't change his opinion that the Dodgers are the team to beat in the division. What confounded Bochy was how anyone could test positive after all the drug education and warnings that players receive.

"I don't get it," Bochy said. "These players know they're getting tested. How they're still getting caught, I don't understand it. But I'm not surprised. We've had a few guys now who've tested positive. It's disappointing any time these players are getting caught. It's not good for the game and not good for the kids who look up to these players."

The Giants had reason to be giddy over Ramirez's suspension, especially after all the abuse the front office took from talk-show yakkers when the club didn't sign him this winter.

And what if they had? Considering their BALCO-stained past, it would've been a catastrophe of the first order.

"I haven't even thought about that," Bochy said. "I don't want to think about that."

From a more practical standpoint, the Dodgers are 19-6 against division opponents and took a 13-0 home record into their game against Washington Thursday night. They have won seven of eight series against NL West teams the only exception being when they dropped two of three in San Francisco April 27-29.

The Giants were swept in Los Angeles last month and know the importance of a better showing this weekend, Manny or no Manny.

They'll enter on a high note. The Giants hammered Jason Marquis, a pitcher who entered with a 4-1 record and 1.71 ERA in seven career starts against them.

Molina figured prominently in both afternoon victories on this road trip. Two days after his three-run homer spotted Tim Lincecum a lead at Wrigley Field, Molina hit a solo shot off Marquis in the second inning and added a two-run blast in the third. In his third at-bat, Molina hit a deep fly ball to the warning track.

Molina entered the game hitless in 12 at-bats against Marquis.

Cain was effectively wild, walking three batters in the first inning but keeping the Rockies off the board by getting Todd Helton to ground into a double play.

Helton's leadoff single in the fourth was the only hit Cain allowed in six innings. It marked the ninth start in his career when he held an opposing team to one hit.

? Less than an hour after news broke of Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension Thursday morning, Giants left-hander Barry Zito updated his Twitter page:

"Manny's gone for 50 games. Time for the Giants to capitalize," he wrote.

Asked to expand his thought beyond the Web site's 140-character limit, Zito opined that the Dodgers will miss Ramirez's presence even more than his bat.

"Manny boosted that team offensively and morale-wise," said Zito, who starts today at Dodger Stadium. "He brought a relaxed confidence that really sparked them. ? Look, he's the team leader in LA. Yeah, if there's any time for us to capitalize, it's now."

Giants 8, Rockies 1 ?Today: in Los Angeles, 7:10 p.m. ?TV/Radio: Ch. 11/KNBR (680)


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 9, 2009

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