SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — 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.
Cubs: Samardzija set career marks last year with 33 starts, 213 2-3 innings pitched and 214 strikeouts in his second full season in the rotation. He was the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings since Ryan Dempster in 2010. He was 8-13 with two complete games, one shutout and a 4.34 ERA.
Giants: Cain is feeling much better about himself than he last year, when he was 8-10 in 30 starts.
"Last year, I gave up a lot of two-strike hits. I didn't finish the hitter off for some reason," Cain said. "Today, we were able to able to finish off the hitters. We threw better pitches when we were ahead in the count, which is always nice."