Melk-man delivers: Cabrera lifts Giants past Phillies 

Matt Cain continued to show why he’s the highest-paid right-handed pitcher in history on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Cain, nine shutout innings were not enough for the righty to earn a win. But thanks to the heroics of Melky Cabrera, the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 in 11 innings at AT&T Park.

Cabrera’s single in the 11th drove in Brandon Belt, who didn’t start but came in on a double switch in the 10th.

Cain followed up his one-hitter in Friday’s home opener with another gem, allowing two hits and one walk.

Cain threw just 91 pitches in the game, with never more than 14 in one inning, and finished three different innings with fewer than 10 pitches. He received a standing ovation after finishing the ninth inning.

Phillies lefty Cliff Lee matched Cain at every turn and stuck around for an extra inning, throwing 102 pitches in his 10 innings, with his highest pitch total coming in the 10th, when he threw 14.

Buster Posey led off the bottom of the 10th with a single to right field, but was erased when Brett Pill grounded into a double play. Ryan Theriot put Lee right back into the stretch with a single past a diving Ty Wigginton at third base, but Nate Schierholtz broke his bat on a grounder that ended that inning when he lost a footrace to the bag with second baseman Freddy Galvis.

The Phillies threatened to score in the 11th inning with their first extra-base hit, a double by Carlos Ruiz off Sergio Romo. Galvis moved Ruiz to third with a sacrifice, but Javier Lopez struck out pinch-hitter Jim Thome, and Clay Hensley got pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. to ground out to short.

NOTES: Cain has pitched nine shutout innings and finished with a no-decision before, on July 29, 2009, at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates when the Giants won 1-0 in the 10th inning. … Despite the extra frames, the game lasted just 2 hours, 27 minutes.

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