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Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano endured the worst outing of his career Monday, surviving just 1 1/3 innings and surrendering eight runs, an inauspicious beginning to what became a downright ugly loss for the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day. The Atlanta Braves got nine RBI combined from shortstop Yunel Escobar and rookie sensation Jason Heyward en route to a 16-5 win. New center fielder Marlon Byrd hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning for Chicago, but Atlanta got six in the bottom half. By the time Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez cracked a two-run homer in the third inning, Sean Marshall was pitching for Chicago and the Braves' lead stood at 8-5. A barrage of singles and doubles helped Atlanta add six runs more in the bottom of the seventh to blow the game open for good. C ...

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