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Cabrera's start one for the record books

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The Giants beat the Marlins 3-2, and Melky Cabrera scored all their runs.

Ho hum.

Cabrera has been the Giants' best hitter, and he's making GM Brian Sabean look awfully good for acquiring him from Kansas City in the Jonathan Sanchez trade.

The left fielder had four more hits Sunday, his third four-hit day in two weeks, and leads the majors with 73 hits.

Historically speaking, that's impressive.

No San Francisco hitter ever had that many hits before June 1, and the last San Francisco hitter with more than 73 hits in the Giants' first 48 games was Willie Mays, who had 84 hits in that stretch in 1958, the team's first year on the West Coast.

"I'd had to think where we'd be without him," manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Giants were 4-3 on the trip and probably would have posted a losing record without Cabrera, who had 14 hits in the seven games.

Cabrera's four-hit, one-homer, two-steals game was the first by a Giant since 1993, when a guy named Barry Bonds did all that, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Giants have three more games in May, and Bochy is thinking of resting Cabrera one of those.

Still, he could reach Randy Winn's San Francisco record of 51 hits in a month. Cabrera has 46.
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