Series: Game 2 of 3

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 5/24)

Game 1: Friday, May 23
San Francisco8Final
Game 2: Saturday, May 24
San FranciscoPostponed
Game 2: Sunday, May 25
San Francisco6Final
Game 3: Sunday, May 25
San Francisco4Final



7:10 PM ET, May 24, 2008

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

Starting Pitchers

San Francisco: Cain (8-14, 3.76 ERA)

Florida: Kensing (3-1, 4.23 ERA)

Giants-Marlins Preview


Dan Uggla has been one of the National League's hottest hitters this month, but his team hasn't been nearly as consistent.

Uggla and the Florida Marlins looks to snap a five-game losing streak against the San Francisco Giants when they continue a three-game series on Saturday.

The NL East-leading Marlins (27-20) had their three-game winning streak snapped Friday with an 8-2 loss to San Francisco (20-29). The defeat was their fifth straight to the Giants, and their sixth consecutive home loss against San Francisco.

Despite the loss, Uggla extended his impressive stretch at the plate in May, driving in both of Florida's runs with an RBI double in the first and a home run in the ninth. The second baseman is hitting .478 in his last 13 games with seven doubles, seven home runs, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

Florida, though, is just 7-6 in that stretch. The Marlins managed just five hits and committed two errors on Friday.

"I felt we hit some balls hard, right at people," Uggla said. "That's the way it goes sometimes.

The Giants, meanwhile, matched their longest winning streak of the season at three games. Catcher Bengie Molina and center fielder Aaron Rowand each homered, while Barry Zito recorded his first win of the season after starting the year 0-8.

"It feels good to be able to help, but Barry threw the ball like I remember him throwing the ball," said Rowand, who had three RBIs -- his fourth multiple-RBI effort in his last nine games. "He pitched his game, he didn't leave anything over the plate."

San Francisco, which had dropped six straight before its current win streak, will now look to win four in a row for the first time since a six-game run Sept. 13-18.

The Giants look to continue their dominance the Marlins when they send Matt Cain (2-3, 4.57 ERA) to the mound. Cain struggled against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, allowing six runs and six hits -- including four homers -- in seven innings, but he did not receive a decision in the 13-8 loss.

"I don't ever want to talk about negative things. I'm trying to stay confident and will keep trying to throw quality strikes," Cain, who did not allow a hit through the first 4 1-3 innings, told the Giants' official Web site. "This game is super humbling. You're pitching great for an inning or two and then it all blows up on you."

Cain is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two career starts against the Marlins.

Florida starter Burke Badenhop (1-3, 6.75) is also looking to bounce back from a subpar outing. The right-hander allowed six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in three innings of a 9-3 loss to the Royals on Sunday.

The 25-year-old rookie has never faced the Giants.

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Gameday Matchup

 San FranciscoFlorida
Current StreakW1W1
Last 104-65-5

Pitching Matchup

San FranciscoFlorida
M. Cain
8-14, 3.76 ERA

Last Game:
9/27 vs LA
7.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = Loss
L. Kensing
2-3, 6.08 ERA

Last Game:
6/13 at TB
2.1 IP, 2 ER
Dec = ND

Gameday Lineups

NO.San FranciscoFlorida
1. F. Lewis, LF H. Ramirez, SS
2. R. Durham, 2B J. Hermida, RF
3. R. Winn, RF J. Cantu, 3B
4. B. Molina, C M. Jacobs, 1B
5. A. Rowand, CF D. Uggla, 2B
6. J. Bowker, 1B L. Gonzalez, LF
7. R. Aurilia, 3B M. Treanor, C
8. O. Vizquel, SS J. Jones, CF
9. M. Cain, P L. Kensing, P