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SF@CHC: Cain fans six over seven shutout frames

While it will keep him from participating in the All-Star Game, Matt Cain will be on the hill Sunday for the Giants, ready to get a win over the Mets in the rubber match of a three-game set at AT&T Park.

However, that may not be such an easy task. In their last six road series, the Mets are 5-0-1.

In his last start Tuesday against the Padres, the right-hander went seven innings, giving up five runs (three in the sixth) on eight hits for the loss. Walking one and striking out six, Cain lost for the first time since May 29, a span of six starts.

Receiving five runs of support, it also marked Cain's first time since Sept. 22, 2009, that he lost while receiving three or more runs of support.

"That's where it's frustrating, when you get deeper into the game, you have a lead and you have chances to keep the lead and you don't do it. That's tough to sit on," said Cain after the loss.

Mike Pelfrey will get the nod for the Mets in the final game before the break, after shutting down the Dodgers in his last start Tuesday.

Yet nothing was easy in his six innings of work to get the win. Escaping two bases-loaded jams, Pelfrey was able to record just his second win in 11 road starts.

In one previous start at AT&T Park, back on May 17, 2009, he allowed just two runs in six innings, yet took the loss in a 2-0 game.

Mets: Wright advancing in rehab
Mets third baseman David Wright, working at the club's Spring Training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., talked with manager Terry Collins on Friday and Collins said Wright is progressing "very, very, well."

On the disabled list since May 18 with a stress fracture in his lower back, Wright ran at almost full speed and will begin to run the bases and slide Monday.

"We'll see how he's doing. Certainly a lot of it will be dictated in how he's playing, too. We just have to wait and see," Collins said, adding that he didn't think Wright would need all 20 of his allotted days on rehab. "He'll have a say in that. If he tells me, 'Look, I'm not seeing the ball good, I'm not feeling good at the plate,' that'll all have a say, too, on whether or not we activate him."

• Injured shortstop Jose Reyes began hitting, throwing and fielding during batting practice Saturday.

Giants: Sandoval still in All-Star running
With injuries to Philadelphia's Placido Polanco and Atlanta's Chipper Jones, Pablo Sandoval is a candidate to be added to the All-Star team.

The Reds' Scott Rolen was named Saturday to replace Jones, while Polanco hopes to test his hurt back Sunday to see if he can remain the National League's starting third baseman.

"It's fair to say he has a shot," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who happens to be the NL All-Star skipper and has a hand in selecting the third-base replacements. "He missed a lot of time, but he's been doing a nice job."

Worth noting
• Jim Riggleman, who resigned from his post as Washington's manager late last month, will interview for a position within the Giants organization next week, confirmed.

• Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has switched agents from Paul Kinzer to Scott Boras, according to an industry source. Comments