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Home run again dooms Dan Haren in Cubs' 9-1 loss to Giants

Home run again dooms Dan Haren in Cubs' 9-1 loss to Giants

On paper, struggling Cubs starter Dan Haren vs. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner appeared to be the decided mismatch it proved to be Thursday at AT&T Park. Haren gave up his eighth home run in five starts with the Cubs, a three-run shot to Marlon Byrd in the third inning, as the Giants rolled to a 9-1 victory. Haren allowed five runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings and left trailing 5-1. The Giants ended all doubt in the eighth when rookie Kelby Tomlinson hit his first career homer, a grand slam off reliever James Russell right after Byrd was walked intentionally. Byrd entered the game batting .426 (14-for-33) with three home runs and six RBIs for his career against Haren. With two outs,...

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