Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — As he struck out and ended the Chicago Cubs' 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, Steve Clevenger fell to the ground in pain.
It was that type of day for Chicago.
Madison Bumgarner allowed two runs while pitching neatly into the seventh inning, Marco Scutaro had three hits and the Giants held on to win 3-2.
"Hopefully it's not bad, but in that kind of pain, something obviously happened in there. It could be pretty bad," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of the injury. Clevenger will undergo an MRI for a possible left oblique injury.
"I've never seen somebody in that much pain," Sveum said.
Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit a two-out, two-run homer off Bumgarner in the seventh, pulling the Cubs to 3-2. It was Navarro's second career pinch home run in two days, each hit from a different side of the plate. His tying homer in the ninth Friday was hit from the left side.
"I'm just getting myself mentally ready taking swings in the clubhouse," Navarro said. "Just go out there and swing.
Chicago put runners on second and third with no outs in the second but was unable to score. After Alfonso Soriano singled and advanced on an error, Scott Hairston was hit by a pitch. The pair then pulled off a double steal.
After two strikeouts, Bumgarner intentionally walked Alberto Gonzalez to bring up Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who grounded out.
The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the eighth before Welington Castillo ground into a double play against Santiago Casilla, who finished for his first save.
"He got a great pitch to hit," Sveum said.
Bumgarner (3-0) struck out six and walked two, one intentional, in 6 2-3 innings.
"All the pitches felt pretty good today," he said.
Samardzija (1-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one. In his previous start, he struck out a career-high 13 and allowed four runs in 5 2-3 innings at Atlanta.
"You play a team like that, you've got to get ahead in the count," Samardzija said. "They work the count. They make you throw a lot of pitches."
A few snowflakes fell in the morning, and the temperature at first pitch was 38 degrees.
Gregor Blanco put the Giants ahead with an RBI single in the fifth after Andres Torres' leadoff double. Pablo Sandoval singled in a run in the sixth, and Marco Scutaro added an RBI single off Michael Bowden in the seventh. Bumgarner scored from second as Hairston's throw from right went into the middle of the infield.
"We threw the ball completely over two cutoff men's heads and not even in the zip code," Sveum said.
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