Matt Cain does not make his money in front of a computer or lounge in a bar where fans debate the merits of statistics. He is a ballplayer and understands the psychology of ballplayers.

Tell Cain that individual pitcher wins are meaningless and he will disagree. A pitcher's mood can rise with his win total, he said. Equally important, opposing hitters can feel they are in for a tough night against a starter with a big number on the left side of the hyphen.

The topic of Thursday night's postgame discussions was pertinent. When the Giants came from three runs down to beat the Marlins 6-4, Cain won for the first time since Aug. 17, 2013, when he triumphed in Miami.

Cain also won for the first time at AT&T Park since a July 20 victory against the Diamondbacks.

"If you end a season with a zero in front, it's not very good," joked Cain, whose 0-3 morphed into a 1-3 with the help of an offense that often betrays him. "When you go out there, you definitely want to get some wins. The important thing you want to do is win together."

Even there, the Giants struggled behind Cain. They were 1-10 during his winless streak through little fault of his. He had a 3.34 ERA and lost a 1-0 game, three at 2-1, a 3-2 contest and two by 5-4 counts.

Those numbers bolster the contemporary argument on the uselessness of pitcher win stats. But they do not factor in psychology.

"You still want to win," manager Bruce Bochy said. "When you've got a goose egg as a starting pitcher, that gets old there after awhile, even though you're doing your job. Good for him, getting a win here. It's a matter of time before it would have gotten talked about, and I'm sure the players were needling him a little bit."

Cain earned it with the second half of his performance, after he allowed homers by Derek Dietrich and Garrett Jones and spotted the Marlins leads of 3-0 and 4-1.