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Madison Bumgarner's gem wasted in Giants' 1-0 loss

  • Madison Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings and lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.76 but left without a decision. (TONY AVELAR / Associated Press)

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants manager Bruce Bochy isn't sure his team has hit rock bottom just yet. He's just hoping the defending World Series champs are getting close.

At this rate, it's going to be a challenge just for San Francisco to get back to .500 let alone make a run at the postseason.

Closer Sergio Romo gave up a solo home run to former teammate Nate Schierholtz with one out in the ninth inning and the Giants were shut out for the ninth time this season in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

“We're in a tough rut now and we know it,” Bochy said. “We just have to keep working and trying. We couldn't even get a cheap hit and we got what we deserve. We're being tested. I don't know why.”

That the Giants wasted a second straight stellar outing by their starting pitcher made it even more harder for Bochy to stomach.

Madison Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings for San Francisco and lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.76 but left without a decision.

That came on the heels of Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Cubs when Matt Cain allowed one run over seven innings, only to come away empty-handed when Chicago scored two unearned runs in the ninth on a San Francisco error.

The Giants committed two more errors Saturday, giving them a majors-leading 76 on the season.

Bochy said the club will skip batting practice today to work on its defense. The Giants have lost six of seven and are a season-high 11 games under .500.

“You have to be strong to compete and smart to win,” Bochy said before the game. “We have to get back to playing smarter baseball.”

Dropped to sixth in the Cubs' order after batting cleanup a night earlier in the club's first game after trading Alfonso Soriano, Schierholtz worked a full count off Romo (3-6) before hitting a towering blast into the right-field stands to hand Romo his second loss in as many games.

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