hang on for 5-4 win over Giants
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[May 25, 2017]
CHICAGO -- The San Francisco
Giants thought they had Chicago Cubs closer Wade Davis on the ropes
Davis gave up a two-run ninth inning homer to Mac Williamson and
walked Michael Morris to place a potential tying run on base.
"We had them on fumes," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
But Davis ultimately prevailed as he got Denard Span to pop out and
Joe Panik on a called third strike -- his 34th pitch of the inning
-- to earn his 10th save and preserve a 5-4 Cubs victory.
That third strike on Panik drew Bochy's ire, but there wasn't much
he could do about it.
"It was a shame to end the game on that call," he said. "They got
the benefit of a bad call, that's not a strike."
Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-3 with two home runs while starter Kyle
Hendricks (4-2) confined the Giants to two runs on five hits while
striking out five in a seven-inning outing.
"That was probably the strongest I've felt deep in a game, today was
definitely the best," said Hendricks, who picked up his second
straight win. "After that homer (third-inning shot by Spann) the
aggressiveness picked up a little bit. That's what I've been looking
The win was the second in-a-row as the Cubs (24-21) now go for the
series win on Thursday. The Giants (20-28) dropped their second
straight and third in four.
Miguel Montero was 2-for-3, Javier Baez reached base twice while
Rizzo was on base a fourth time with an intentional walk. Brandon
Belt and Nunez each had two hits for the Giants.
Giants starter Matt Moore (2-5) departed after six-plus innings and
took the loss. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits,
struck out four and walked three.
"He threw the ball fairly well," said Bochy. "He made a couple of
mistakes in the middle there to Rizzo and (Rizzo) took advantage of
it. (But) overall it was a good effort and he kept us in the game."
The Cubs led 3-2 after five and missed a chance for another run in
the sixth. Jason Heyward appeared to beat out an infield hit to
drive in Kris Bryant from second, but umpires called Heyward out for
not running in the lane and Bryant was returned to second.
But Chicago added one in the seventh for a 4-2 lead as Baez reached
on a fielder's-choice sacrifice and Montero scored from third on a
throwing error by reliever George Kontos.
Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. replaced Koji Uehara with two outs in
the eighth and runners on first and second. Edwards walked Buster
Posey to load the bases, but Brandon Crawford grounded to Edwards on
a full count to end the threat.
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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a home run against the
San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field.
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Heyward tripled off the right-field wall to lead off
the Cubs' eighth and scored on Jon Jay's one-out sacrifice fly to
The Giants opened the scoring in the second inning as Crawford
doubled to lead off, reached third on Nunez's bunt single and came
home when Christian Arroyo grounded into a fielder's choice to
Rizzo evened the score in the bottom of the second with his 10th
homer of the season, a leadoff blast lined to right with none on.
Span followed with a solo homer to lead off the third for a 2-1
Rizzo's second homer came in the fourth with two outs as he sent
Moore's first pitch to right center to knot the score at 2. It was
Rizzo's 14th career multi-homer game and first this season.
Baez gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead in the fifth with a one-out sacrifice
fly to left that brought home Addison Russell from third.
NOTES: OF Denard Span was back in the lineup after missing two games
with sprained thumb suffered last weekend in St. Louis. ... Giants
manager Bruce Bochy said INF Aaron Hill (right forearm strain) and
INF Conor Gillaspie (back spasms) could be activated from the
disabled list as early as Friday when the Giants return home to face
Atlanta in a three-game weekend series. ... The Giants send former
Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 4.57 ERA) against Chicago RHP Eddie
Butler (1-0, 2.00 ERA) in Thursday's series finale. ... Cubs LHP
Brett Anderson is scheduled to continue his rehab in Arizona later
this week. He remains on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
... The Chicago Sun-Times reported the Cubs have renewed a request
to the city to close streets outside Wrigley Field on game days as a
security measure in the wake of this week's terror attacks at a
concert in Manchester, England. ... The Cubs and Giants meet again
in a series at AT&T Park on Aug. 7-9.
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