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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Samardzija made a strong spring debut and the Chicago Cubs scored four unearned runs in the first inning against San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain, then held on for a 4-3 victory Sunday at HoHoKam Stadium.

Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro, acquired as a free agent during the winter, hit a three-run homer in the first inning after Alfonso Soriano hit a line drive off the right leg of Cain and reached first as the ball caromed away. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt made a throwing error one batter earlier.

"We were a little concerned," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The knee started to swell a little bit. We were a little cautious with the knee. He wanted to get back out there, but we shut him down."

Cain, who finished the inning but did not take the mound in the second, said getting hit had nothing to do with giving up the home run, and said he expects to make his next spring start on schedule.

"It should be fine," said Cain, who has been tabbed by Bochy to make his first career opening-day start for the defending World Series champions. "Just some ice now. Nothing to worry about, I don't think.

"Maybe I've just got to start using my glove more - or actually USING my glove."

All four runs allowed by Cain were unearned because of a one-out throwing error by first baseman Brandon Belt one play before Soriano's drive.

"The best thing is that he's OK," said Soriano, who also singled to left-center in the third. "That makes me happy."

Samardzija gave up one run on three hits without a walk in his two innings of work, striking out two.

"I was happy with how things went," he said. "The no walks and fastball command was important."

Considered a front-runner for the Cubs' opening-day start, Samardzija escaped far worse injury than Cain sustained. He ducked and stumbled to avoid by inches Guillermo Quiroz' drive toward his head in the second inning.

An inning earlier Kensuke Tanaka got Samardzija with a glancing shot on another shot up the middle -shortstop Starlin Castro turned the carom into an out.

"Both of them were about as close as they get," Samardzija said. "That's part of the fun. You've got to be on your toes, be ready to go. It's better if you knock it down and get an out like the first time."

Last week while pitching batting practice to teammates, Samardzija was nearly hit another time when second baseman Darwin Barney hit a one-hop shot back through the box.

"After the second time (Sunday)," Navarro said, "I went out there and asked him where the magnet was."

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, the World Series MVP, continued his strong hitting from winter ball, going 2 for 3, including a run-scoring double off Cubs closer Carlos Marmol in the third.

Sandoval, who duplicated his postseason MVP effort in the Venezuelan League finals last month, started both of the Giants' first two spring games (3-for-5, 2 RBIs).

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

G. Quiroz
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

D. Navarro
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF2100100 .000
    Gary Brown, CF1000011 .333
Kensuke Tanaka, 2B3000001 .000
    Brock Bond, 2B1000000 .000
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3021000 .600
    Adam Duvall, 3B1000000 .000
Brandon Belt, 1B2000002 .000
    Brett Pill, 1B1000010 .000
Roger Kieschnick, LF3000022 .000
    Cole Gillespie, LF1000000 .500
Brandon Crawford, SS2100010 .000
    Wilson Valdez, SS1000001 .000
   a- Ricky Oropesa, PH1000010 .500
Francisco Peguero, RF3120000 .667
    Juan Perez, RF1000010 .000
Guillermo Quiroz, C2012010 .500
    Andrew Susac, C0000000 .000
Angel Villalona, DH3010002 .333
Totals3136318  
a-struck out for Valdez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (1, Marmol), Francisco Peguero (1, Samardzija)
SF - Guillermo Quiroz (1)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (2), Guillermo Quiroz 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Guillermo Quiroz (1)
SB - Gregor Blanco (1, 2nd base off Marmol/Navarro)
CS - Francisco Peguero (1, 2nd base by Wade/Navarro)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Tanaka-Crawford-Belt
E - Brandon Belt (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain (L,0-1) 1440001 0.00
Steve Edlefsen 1000110 0.00
Justin Fitzgerald 1200100 0.00
Santiago Casilla 1000010 0.00
Jose Mijares 1100000 0.00
Sandy Rosario 1000100 0.00
Dan Runzler 1000010 0.00
Heath Hembree 1100000 0.00
WP - Sandy Rosario (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 11-9, Steve Edlefsen 9-5, Justin Fitzgerald 8-4, Santiago Casilla 5-5, Jose Mijares 4-4, Sandy Rosario 8-3, Dan Runzler 5-5, Heath Hembree 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 3-1, Steve Edlefsen 1-1, Justin Fitzgerald 2-0, Santiago Casilla 1-1, Jose Mijares 1-2, Sandy Rosario 2-1, Heath Hembree 3-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 8, Steve Edlefsen 4, Justin Fitzgerald 5, Santiago Casilla 3, Jose Mijares 4, Sandy Rosario 4, Dan Runzler 3, Heath Hembree 4
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF1000100 .000
   a- Matt Szczur, PH-CF2000011 .000
Starlin Castro, SS2110001 .500
   b- Edwin Maysonet, PH-SS2000000 .000
Anthony Rizzo, 1B2100001 .250
    Brad Nelson, 1B2000010 .500
Alfonso Soriano, LF21200001.000
    Darnell McDonald, LF2000000 .000
Nate Schierholtz, RF2001001 .000
    Johermyn Chavez, RF20200001.000
Dioner Navarro, C11131001.000
    Rafael Lopez, C2000002 .000
Brian Bogusevic, DH2020000 .500
   c- Michael Brenly, PH-DH2000001 .000
Darwin Barney, 2B2000003 .000
    Logan Watkins, 2B1000101 .250
Christian Villanueva, 3B2000010 .000
    Alberto Gonzalez, 3B1000000 .000
Totals3248433  
a-struck out for DeJesus in the 4th
b-flied out for Castro in the 4th
c-grounded out for Bogusevic in the 6th
Batting
2B - Johermyn Chavez (1, Hembree), Brian Bogusevic (1, Cain)
HR - Dioner Navarro (1, Cain)
RBI - Nate Schierholtz (1), Dioner Navarro 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Dioner Navarro 3 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Maysonet-Nelson
E - Anthony Rizzo (1, Missed catch of throw)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija (W,1-0) 2311020 4.50
Carlos Marmol (H,1) 1111110 9.00
Cory Wade (H,1) 2110000 0.00
Casey Coleman (H,1) 1000000 0.00
Kyuji Fujikawa (H,1) 1100020 0.00
James Russell (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Shawn Camp (S,1) 1000020 0.00
HBP - Pill (by Casey Coleman)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 13-13, Carlos Marmol 11-6, Cory Wade 7-7, Casey Coleman 3-2, Kyuji Fujikawa 8-8, James Russell 5-5, Shawn Camp 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 4-0, Cory Wade 2-4, Casey Coleman 1-1, James Russell 2-0, Shawn Camp 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 9, Carlos Marmol 5, Cory Wade 7, Casey Coleman 3, Kyuji Fujikawa 4, James Russell 3, Shawn Camp 3
Game Information
Attendance - 7784
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Clint Fagan, Third Base - Kellen Levy