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Molina HRs spark bounce-back effort

Molina HRs spark bounce-back effort
After starting the season with an 0-6 trip, the Giants are showing some resilience on the road. Twice on this trip they lost night games only to return the next afternoon and win. At Coors Field, they responded to an 11-1 butt-whipping by beating the Rockies 8-3 Thursday.

"That says we're ready to go," Bengie Molina said. "We're ready to turn the corner. We just have to find a way to play like this every day. It's not easy. I'm not going to say it will happen overnight, but if we put the effort into it, you'll see a lot of difference."

Molina made the biggest difference with one homer to left and another to right. The Giants have 16 home runs this season and Molina has seven. He also has 27 RBIs in 27 games, a pace of, oh, 162.

"He can flat-out hit," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Molina even got a gift RBI. In the seventh inning, he bounced a ball off the dirt in front of the plate, off his hand and up the third-base line. As Eugenio Velez raced home from third Molina stood at the plate looking for a foul call that did not come as he was thrown out at first.

Besides the two homers, Molina hit a third ball to right-center he said was struck harder than the other two, but the wind knocked it down.

Matt Cain allowed one hit over six turbulent innings. He walked five, including three in the first inning. But he was saved by a Todd Helton double play and kept finding ways to pitch shutout ball before he left.

"That's definitely not the way you want to start off," Cain said. "Obviously you keep going and going and try to find it. I found it later in the game and it worked out."

Cain earned his third win a lot sooner than he did in 2007 July 4 and 2008 June 9. He also singled sharply off Helton's glove to start a four-run third. Fred Lewis finally got his second RBI of the season with a seventh-inning single.

BRIEFLY: Top pitching prospects Madison Bumgarner and Tim Alderson were promoted from Class A San Jose to Double-A Connecticut. ... Pablo Sandoval made his best play of the season, backhanding a Troy Tulowitzki grounder way behind third base and throwing him out.

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Added: May 8, 2009

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