SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants might have lost Andres Torres for the season to an injured left Achilles' tendon. They hope Matt Cain won't be following the outfielder to the disabled list.
The right-hander departed in the fourth inning of San Francisco's 10-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night after getting hit on his pitching arm by a line drive from Gaby Sanchez. X-rays on Cain's bruised forearm were negative.
Manager Bruce Bochy expected to know more about Cain's condition Friday.
"That ball was smoked. It caught him flush. He has a pretty good contusion. He's really sore. We'll know more tomorrow. We're not going to take any chances."
Cain was hit when Sanchez led off the fourth with a groundout. Trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy hustled out to check on the pitcher, who walked off the mound on his own moments later.
"I have to figure out what my body will let me do and go from there," Cain said of the next step. "I got a little bit ahead of myself and made bad pitches. They didn't miss them."
Cain allowed three runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. Guillermo Moscoso (1-2) relieved with the Giants trailing 3-1. He allowed three runs, bringing his total to eight in seven outings for San Francisco.
Cain, who had been on a nice roll since the All-Star break, threw 64 pitches, 40 for strikes.
"It caught me pretty good. It didn't feel right, right off the bat," he said. "Like the time in 2009, I had the feeling it wasn't very good."
Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer homered, Jose Tabata hit a three-run double, and the NL Central-leading Pirates took their turn beating up on the Giants after Boston did the same this week.
Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead, two-run double to start a seven-run fifth and matched his career high for RBIs in a season with 85. Russell Martin and Sanchez added sacrifice flies and Tabata doubled in his second plate appearance of the inning.
Marco Scutaro had a tying two-run single in the fourth for San Francisco after scoring in the third on Buster Posey's sacrifice fly.
Jones' 12th homer leading off the second was a splash-hit drive into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall. It was the 28th at AT&T Park by an opponent and second by a Pirates player. Adam LaRoche hit one on Aug. 11, 2007, against Tim Lincecum.
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