CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Cain has been an ace and still has the stuff of an ace. The right-hander, though, is struggling to put it together this season.
After two scoreless innings, Cain surrendered eight runs as the San Francisco Giants dropped their fourth straight, an 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
"He got off to a good start," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "Those first two innings, he looked real sharp. He looked like he was on track. Then the third inning, inning got a little long there, long at bat and he ended up giving up a home run.
"Then he just got derailed."
Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo hit two-run home runs, John Danks pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak.
The slumping White Sox had managed a total of six runs in their previous four games, but busted through for a slew of clutch hits.
It was plenty of support for Danks (6-5), who settled down after a somewhat slow start and gave up two runs — one earned — and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. In his last five starts, the left-hander is 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA. His ERA for the season is down to 3.97.
"He has really gotten it together, from where he started early in the year," manager Robin Ventura said. "He has pitched to where he's always giving us a chance right now."
Viciedo, who was just 2 for 23 on the homestand before Tuesday, went 2 for 4. His fifth-inning blast ended a stretch of 51 at-bats without an RBI.
Hunter Pence went 2 for 4 with a home run for the Giants, who have dropped four straight and seven of eight.
Cain (1-5) allowed eight runs — seven earned — and 10 hits in five innings.
He was asked what changed for him after the first two innings.
"Not a ton," Cain said. "I was still making pretty good pitches. They put some good swings on some pitches that I made location spots. I just didn't maybe get it in far enough or keep the ball down enough."
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