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Moore Rocked, Giants Miss Chances in Loss to Cubs


SAN FRANCISCO - Matt Moore and Carlos Moncrief both played six innings Monday night. It wasn't a good sign that the right fielder's throws were more encouraging. 

Moore, facing the team he dominated here last October, was knocked around before being lifted. The Giants wasted several good opportunities to get to Jake Arrieta early and they didn't recover, losing 5-3. The loss kept the Giants from picking up their first three-game winning streak of the second half. Here are five other things to know … 

-- Moore took a step back. He was charged with five earned and eight hits in his six innings. Moore didn't help his own cause; he failed to cover the plate on a wild pitch in the fifth and Jon Jay raced home. 

-- Moncrief spent a lot of time last week fielding balls off the bricks and archways in right field. Naturally, his tough play Monday didn't involve either part of the park. Javier Baez hit a deep fly ball that took a weird bounce off the pad in right-center and headed back toward the infield. Moncrief made an absurd throw to the plate, but Baez slid in safely for an inside-the-park homer. 

-- Baez became the 10th player to hit an inside-the-park homer at AT&T Park. He's just the fourth visiting player, joining Fernando Vina, Ichiro Suzuki and Brandon Barnes. 

-- Ryder Jones picked a pretty good name to put on the first page of his book. He took Arrieta deep in the sixth to pick up his first career homer, and it was no cheapie. Jones hit a two-run shot into the arcade in right-center. He has the power to play at this park, which is why he needs to play every day the rest of the year, no matter what the average looks like.

-- Pablo Sandoval was 1 for 4 in his second start with the Giants. He doubled in the sixth inning. In the eighth, he got his first right-handed at-bat since coming back and it didn't go well. Sandoval topped a Brian Duensing pitch about two feet in front of the plate.

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