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Giants reliever hit in head by line drive


Giants reliever hit in head by line drive
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants reliever Joe Martinez was hit in the head by Mike Cameron's line drive in the ninth inning, but was able to walk off the field Thursday in San Francisco's 7-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Martinez was conscious and taken to a hospital for a CT scan and evaluation. His forehead was bloody and his right eye was swollen.

"He was bleeding quite a bit," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That ball was smoked. He didn't have a chance."

Martinez, who made his major league debut Tuesday and was the winner in the Giants' opener, was struck near the right temple by Cameron's two-out liner. Martinez dropped to his knees, and players on both sides winced at the frightening scene.

Team trainers rushed to Martinez's aid. After a few minutes, the 26-year-old pitcher was able to walk away with a cloth held to his nose.

Cameron, who was credited with a double, was beside himself. He grimaced, looked away and slowed while running to first base.

Cameron knelt at second base with his head in his hands while Martinez was being treated. Cameron stayed down even after Martinez left, and San Francisco players came up to console the Brewers veteran.

Brandon Medders came in to get the final out.

Matt Cain (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. It's the first time in his five-year major league career that he's won his first start of the season.

Bengie Molina drove in four runs with a pair of hits as the Giants took two of three in the season-opening series. Fred Lewis had three hits and scored twice while Randy Winn had two hits and scored two runs.

Cain dominated Milwaukee's lineup, a good sign for San Francisco after reigning NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum struggled in the Giants' opening day win and Randy Johnson gave up two home runs in a 4-2 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Cain, who didn't get his first victory of 2008 until his sixth start on April 28, sailed through the first six innings while allowing just one runner past second base. The 24-year-old righty, who went 15-30 over the last two seasons after winning 13 games for the Giants in 2006, struck out Ryan Braun twice and held Brewers slugger Prince Fielder hitless in three at-bats.

It helped that San Francisco gave Cain plenty of run support. Since the start of the 2007, the Giants have scored one run or less in 29 of Cain's 66 starts. In 2008, he had the lowest run support (3.14) of all NL starters.

After getting off to a slow start against Manny Parra (0-1), San Francisco broke open the game with two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Parra, a 10-game winner who beat the Giants twice in 2008, left after 41/3 innings.

Giants 7, Brewers 1 ?Today: at San Diego, 7:05 p.m. ?TV/Radio: CSN/KNBR (680)


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 11, 2009

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