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PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 07:  Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt #41 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth inning at Chase Field on June 7, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 3-1.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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Benjy EgelCorrespondent IIJuly 10, 2013

Final: New York 7, San Francisco 2

Matt Cain (5-6) left the San Francisco Giants' 7-2 loss to against the New York Mets after just 0.2 innings, giving up two hits and three walks.

Mike Kickham came on in relief for San Francisco, and gave up four runs over 5.1 innings. Former Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler (3-1) threw 7.0 innings of three-hit ball for the Mets, and launched an RBI double.

Brandon Belt scored both of the Giants' runs, finishing with a triple and two walks. George Kontos, Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez threw shutout innings.

San Francisco is in the midst of an ice-cold stretch, losing 14 of the last 16 games. The Giants are 10 games under .500 and hold last place in the NL West.

Bruce Bochy said in the post-game press conference that Cain had no health issues, but pulling the overworked starter was more of a pre-emptive move. Bochy may have already given up on this season, and wants to make sure his ace is still effective be the end of Cain's new five-year contract.

Recent call-up Kensuke Tanaka went 1-4 in his second start in left field after spending the first half of the season playing second base for Triple-A Fresno.

At this point, it seems San Francisco has hit rock bottom. Who can the Giants beat, if not the Mets?

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