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Wells, Cubs blank Giants

Aug 30, 2011 - 6:03 AM San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - A day removed from his 29th birthday, Randy Wells celebrated by tossing his first career complete game -- a two-hit shutout.

His Cubs teammates provided gifts in the form of four home runs, as Chicago pounded the San Francisco Giants, 7-0, in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park.

Wells (6-4), who struck out seven and walked one batter, has won five of his last six decisions.

Geovany Soto, Blake DeWitt and Carlos Pena each went deep in the seventh inning for Chicago, which avoided a fifth straight loss and recorded just its second victory in nine games.

The Giants, meanwhile, have lost seven of 11 to fall five games behind surging Arizona for first place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks extended their winning streak to seven games Monday.

San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (12-11) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on six hits and walked four in six-plus innings. Lincecum gave up a career- high three home runs, the first of which came off the bat of Alfonso Soriano to start the fifth.

Chicago took control by posting a five-spot in the seventh. Soto led off with a drive to left field. Lincecum then walked his counterpart before Starlin Castro reached on Orlando Cabrera's fielding error. DeWitt followed with a drive to right for a three-run homer.

Two batters later, Pena homered off Steve Edlefsen to put the visitors up 6-0.

Marlon Byrd added an RBI single in the ninth for the Cubs.

Game Notes

The Giants have lost 12 straight series-openers...Chicago snapped a five-game road losing streak...Lincecum had given just three home runs in his previous 13 home starts this year...Andres Torres doubled in the third and pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot singled in the eighth for San Francisco.