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Cain perfect for five innings but Cubs edge Giants

Chicago Cubs' Chris Coghlan right breaks up double as San Francisco Giants second baseman Tony Abreu over throws first during

Chicago Cubs' Chris Coghlan, right, breaks up a double as San Francisco Giants second baseman Tony Abreu over throws first during the seventh inning of a spring exhibition baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Monday, March 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Updated: March 10, 2014 6:22PM



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Matt Cain pitched five perfect innings for the San Francisco Giants on Monday, but the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 3-2 victory.

The right-hander, who will be the Giants’ No. 2 starter behind left-hander Madison Bumgarner during the regular season, threw 59 pitches and struck out seven.

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs’ opening-day starter, also had an effective outing. He gave up two runs in four innings and struck out five.

Pablo Sandoval’s two-run single in the fourth gave the Giants an early lead, but the Cubs scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh. The decisive run scored on two infield errors as part of the same play.



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