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Dempster Solid As Cubs Rout Giants 11-4

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CHICAGO (AP) Ryan Dempster had his third straight quality start and the Chicago Cubs’ offense exploded for 11 runs in a rout of the defending World Series Champion San Fransisco Giants.

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Dempster struck out a season-high 11 and snapped a six-game Wrigley Field losing streak.

Dempster (2-4) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings and the Cubs ended San Francisco’s six-game winning streak.

Reed Johnson went 3 for 5 and drove in four runs, three on a bases-loaded triple in the seventh. Darwin Barney was 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs and Starlin Castro also had three hits, and drove in two runs.

Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner (0-6) gave up two earned runs on five hits through six innings, struck out six and walked two. He hasn’t won since Sept. 30, 2010.

Cody Ross hit a two-run homer in the eighth that cut the margin to 8-4. But in the bottom half, Chicago added three more runs on Castro’s double, Barney’s single and Johnson’s two-out blooper to left field.

Barney’s RBI double off Jeremy Affeldt in the seventh kicked off a five-run outburst. Affeldt then hit Marlon Byrd with a pitch to load the bases before departing.

Jeff Baker singled off Guillermo Mota and Johnson followed with a two-out triple.

Aubrey Huff drove in the Giants’ first two runs, on a single in the first inning and a double in the fifth.

In between the Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the second. Koyie Hill had a sacrifice bunt, and then came home on Castro’s single with two outs. Barney added a single.

Notes: A first-inning infield single extended Cubs Byrd’s hitting streak to 14 games. … Until Friday, each of the Giants’ previous 19 games had been decided by three or fewer runs, and they led the league in one-run games with 15. … Saturday’s night game against the Giants will be the first Saturday night game at Wrigley Field in nine years. … Cubs right-hander Randy Wells, on the disabled list with a forearm strain, is scheduled to make a rehab start against Quad Cities next Tuesday at Class A Peoria. … Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (2-0) will make his fourth start of the season on Saturday night against Cubs left-hander Doug Davis, who is making his first career start after being promoted from Triple-A Iowa.

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