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Bumgarner Brilliant, Giants Hit and Beat Cubs

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Bumgarner Brilliant, Giants Hit and Beat Cubs

Madison Bumgarner matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, Jeff Keppinger and Pablo Sandoval hit consecutive homers in the fourth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Wednesday to snap a three-game skid and avoid a sweep.

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On a day when general manager Brian Sabean began making big changes to the struggling World Series champions, Bumgarner (9-12) was brilliant when his team desperately needed a boost.

Keppinger also drove in a run with a bloop single in the fifth off Rodrigo Lopez (4-6), who lost his third straight outing and dropped to 0-5 in eight career starts against San Francisco.

San Francisco began the day a season-high six games behind NL West-leading Arizona, which was hosting Colorado on Wednesday night.

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