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Owings suffers hard-luck loss
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CHICAGO — Rookie Micah Hoffpauir homered and hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and Rich Harden pitched six strong innings for the Chicago Cubs in a 7-2 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Gainesville High grad Micah Owings (0-2), undermined by the Reds’ bad defense and relief pitching, gave up five runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Hoffpauir, playing in place of the injured Milton Bradley, hit solo homer in the second inning to tie the score at 1, and his sacrifice fly drove in the first run in a three-run fifth that broke a 2-2 tie.

Harden (1-1), coming off of a poor outing in which he struggled with his control, gave up three hits and walked two whiles striking out eight.

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