Giants Take Series With Game Four Win

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Giants Win 8-7 In The Ninth, Take Series

What a game. The Giants came in clutch and then remembered they were the Giants. Matt Cain got the run support he was looking for - and, surprise surprise, he has a bad game. Then, in the ninth inning, they got hit after hit and thanks to Andres Torres, came out with the win.

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Andres Torres hit a long pinch-hit single to the warning track with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Giants another dramatic win, 8-7, to conclude a four-game series against the Cubs.

San Francisco had a 7-3 lead as late as the seventh, but needed to rally back off Andrew Cashner (1-5) in the ninth. Aaron Rowand beat out an infield single to start the inning and eventually scored the winning run after a pair of walks filled the bases. Torres lofted a long fly ball over the head of Marlon Byrd in center to cap the uprising as the Giants took three of four in the series.

All three wins can be credited in large part to a red-hot Pat Burrell, who hit two homers, including a grand slam, to end with five RBI in the finale. Pablo Sandoval also homered, had two hits and scored twice. Brian Wilson(3-1) hurled a scoreless top of the ninth to grab the win.

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Giants Try And Take Series In Finale

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants try for a series victory over the Chicago Cubs this afternoon in the finale of a four-game series at AT&T Park.

The NL Wild Card-leading Giants have won two of the first three installments of this set and are coming off last night's 5-4 win. Pat Burrell homered and finished with three RBI, while Aaron Rowand also went deep for the Giants, who remained 2 1/2 games behind San Diego for the NL West lead.

"He plays with a lot of intensity, he's been through it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Burrell, who's batting .293 with eight homers for San Francisco. "He's had a lot of fun with this, being in the National League and being in the race."

Shortstop Edgar Renteria was placed on the disabled list for the third time this season due to a strained left biceps. Juan Uribe took over at shortstop and went 1-for-4 last night.

San Francisco, which is a game ahead of both Philadelphia and Cincinnati for the final playoff spot in the National League, got a subpar outing from veteran Barry Zito on Wednesday. Zito threw 6 1/3 innings and permitted four runs and 10 hits in the no-decision.

Sergio Romo tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief for the win and Brian Wilson registered his 33rd save with two K's in the ninth.

Matt Cain gets the nod for Bochy's club tonight and he's 9-9 with a 3.06 earned run average in 23 starts. Cain was 3-0 in four starts before losing his most recent outing on Saturday at Atlanta, as he gave up three runs in five innings of a 3-0 loss.

The big righty, who is 6-3 in 11 home starts, will make his ninth career start against the Cubs this afternoon. Cain is 5-2 over the first eight appearances, all of which have been starts.

Chicago has dropped five of six games and got homers from Tyler Colvin and Marlon Byrd in Wednesday's loss. Tom Gorzelanny did not record a decision and pitched six innings of four-run ball. Justin Berg was dealt the loss for surrendering Burrell's leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth.

"The guys battled, I can't fault that," Cubs acting manager Alan Trammell said. "We're somewhat shorthanded again, limited here and there. It seems that's too much of the story."

The Cubs may not have third baseman Aramis Ramirez in the lineup Thursday because of sore ribs, while first baseman Derrek Lee is on the bereavement list to be with his ailing grandfather.

Chicago hopes starter Randy Wells can stop his personal three-game losing streak when he takes the ball Thursday. Wells was decent in Saturday's 4-3 loss versus Cincinnati, but suffered the loss for allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings.

Wells is 5-10 in 23 overall starts and 2-5 through 11 trips to the visiting mound this season. The right-hander lost his only start to San Francisco on September 27 last season in a 5-1 loss. He tossed 5 1/3 innings and was reached for five runs and 10 hits.

Chicago and San Francisco are meeting for the first time since the Cubs took four of six matchups a year ago, including three of four at AT&T Park. The Cubs have won 14 of the last 23 encounters with the Giants.

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Giants Come Out Ahead Against Cubs, Win 5-4

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Pat Burrell hit the tie-breaking solo homer off Jason Berg leading off the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting San Francisco to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Burrell, who had the game-winning RBI Monday night after hitting a sacrifice fly in 11th inning, belted a 1-2 offering from Berg (0-1) over the wall in left field for his eighth homer of the season. He also singled in two runs in the first inning.

Aaron Rowand also homered for the National League wild card-leading Giants, who bounced back from an 8-6 loss on Tuesday.

Barry Zito yielded 10 hits and four runs over 6 1/3 innings. Sergio Romo (5-3) recorded two strikeouts over 1 2/3 frames and Brian Wilson struck out Starlin Castro to leave a runner at second base to end the game. Wilson earned his 33rd save.

Tyler Colvin and Marlon Byrd each belted solo homers, but the Cubs faltered to their 12th defeat in 14 contests.

Pinch-hitter Kosuke Fukudome had an infield single with one out in the ninth and Colvin grounded out, but Castro swung through an outside pitch to end the contest.

The Giants scored three times in the opening inning. Buster Posey's groundout plated Andres Torres and Burrell followed with a base hit to left.

Byrd led off the fourth with a blast to left field and the Cubs tied it in the sixth. Xavier Nady doubled in Castro and then scored on Alfonso Soriano's bloop hit down the right field line.

Rowand's homer to left-center with two down in the bottom of the sixth moved the Giants ahead, 4-3, but Colvin went deep to right field the next inning.

Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny surrendered eight hits and four runs over six innings.

The four-game series concludes Thursday with Randy Wells (5-10, 4.37) facing San Francisco's Matt Cain (9-9, 3.06)...Before the game, the Giants put shortstop Edgar Renteria on the 15-day disabled list due to a left bicep strain, and then made a trade with the Cubs to shore up their infield. The Giants acquired Mike Fontenot from Chicago in exchange for minor league outfielder Evan Crawford. The Giants also activated infielder Eugenio Velez from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Fresno...The Cubs scratched third baseman Aramis Ramirez with a sore rib cage...Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval turned 24 on Wednesday and had two hits...Giants starters have not registered a victory over their last eight games.

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Giants Look To Bounce Back In Game Three

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants now have company atop the National League Wild Card standings. They have some work to do in order to take back sole possession of the final playoff spot in the Senior Circuit.

San Francisco looks to bounce back tonight versus the visiting Chicago Cubs in the third installment of a four-game series, and dropped an 8-6 decision Tuesday at AT&T Park. Two-time defending NL Cy Young Award recipient Tim Lincecum was hammered for six runs and eight hits in just four innings, losing for the second straight time.

"It's just about bouncing back and staying mentally strong," Lincecum said.

Rookie of the Year candidate Buster Posey had a big night despite the outcome and finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, four RBI and a run scored. Pablo Sandoval also contributed three hits and drove in a run for the Giants, who won the series opener in 11 innings, but have lost five of their last seven games. The Giants are now tied with Cincinnati for the wild card lead and fell 2 1/2 games behind San Diego for the top spot in the NL West. The Padres beat Pittsburgh last night.

Giants veteran starter Barry Zito hasn't received much run support lately and has to be wondering how his team lost last night, despite scoring six runs for staff ace Lincecum. San Francisco has scored nine runs over Zito's last five starts and will send the left-hander to the mound Wednesday.

Zito has lost two of three decisions in the past five starts and is 1-4 with a 3.68 earned run average in his previous 10 outings. He hasn't recorded a decision in consecutive trips to the hill and last pitched in Friday's 3-2 victory at Atlanta, allowing just two runs in seven innings with 10 strikeouts. He remained at 8-6 in 23 starts this season with a 3.35 ERA.

The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Oakland A's, Zito has been solid at home in 2010, going 6-2 in 12 starts by the Bay. He is only 1-3 with a 4.66 earned run average in five career starts against the Cubs.

Chicago ended a four-game losing streak and won for only the second time in 13 tries last night. Kosuke Fukudome's two-run homer off of Lincecum highlighted a four-run first inning for the Cubs, who got two hits and three RBI from Starlin Castro and a two-run double out of Mike Fontenot. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez became the 266th player in Major League history with 1,000 RBI with a run-scoring single in the first inning.

Ryan Dempster was able to post his 10th win of the season and was reached for four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Carlos Marmol put a scare into his Cubs teammates after he gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Cubs committed three errors which could have cost Dempster the win.

"I can't blame these guys for getting a little frustrated," Cubs acting manager Alan Trammell said of the starters on the team's website. "We make too many errors, we make too many mistakes. It's not that easy to correct. In the heat of the battle, we don't make plays."

Manager Lou Piniella is with his ailing mother and did not travel with the team. The Cubs hope to scrape out another win when they send Tom Gorzelanny to the mound Wednesday. Gorzelanny is 6-6 with a 3.51 earned run average in 22 games (16 starts) this season and lost last Friday versus Cincinnati.

Gorzelanny allowed all three runs in a 3-0 loss to the Reds, lasting seven innings with five K's and four walks. It was his longest outing since going seven frames in a win versus Arizona on May 2. The lefty has been perfect in his career against San Francisco as evidenced by his 3-0 mark and 1.29 ERA in three starts.

Chicago and San Francisco are meeting for the first time since the Cubs took four of six matchups a year ago, including three of four at AT&T Park. The Cubs have won 14 of the last 22 encounters with the Giants.

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Giants Lose 8-6 In Game Two

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Rookie Starlin Castro drove in three runs to pace the Chicago Cubs over the San Francisco Giants, 8-6, in the second test of a four-game set from AT&T Park.

Kosuke Fukudome hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, who snapped a four-game skid. Mike Fontenot drove in two runs for Chicago, which got an RBI from Aramis Ramirez.

Ryan Dempster (10-8) went 6 2/3 innings in the start, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits. The right-hander, who fanned three and walked two, has won five of his last seven decisions.

Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with four RBI for the Giants, who have lost five of seven and sit 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Padres in the NL West. Travis Ishikawa and Pablo Sandoval each drove in a run.

Tim Lincecum (11-6) lasted just four frames, giving up six runs on eight hits. The two-time defending NL Cy Young honoree also struck out four and walked one.

The Cubs scored four runs off Lincecum in the top of the first. Tyler Colvin led off with a single, stole second, and crossed the plate on Castro's base hit. Castro stole second, advanced to third on Micah Hoffpauir's groundout, and raced home on Ramirez's single. Fukudome followed with a two-run homer to right.

San Francisco got a run back in the bottom half. Edgar Renteria singled and Aubrey Huff reached base on Blake DeWitt's fielding error to put men on first and second. Posey's infield single plated Renteria. Pat Burrell, though, grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Giants got an RBI single from Ishikawa in the second to make it a 4-2 game. Juan Uribe doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on Ishikawa's hit to left field.

Chicago plated two runs in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead. Koyie Hill singled, Dempster singled, and Colvin walked to load the bases with two outs. Castro followed with a two-run single up the middle.

San Francisco cut the gap to two again with a pair of runs in the seventh. With two outs, Emmanuel Burrisssingled and Huff walked. Andrew Cashner took over for Dempster on the hill. Posey stepped to the plate and hit a deep fly ball to center. Colvin settled under the ball at the warning track, but the baseball hit off the side of his glove and fell to the ground. Posey was awarded a two-run double on the play, which made it 6-4.

The Cubs, though, got the two runs back in the eighth. Guillermo Mota put men on the corners with two outs. Pinch-hitter Fontenot cleared the bases with a double to right for an 8-4 advantage.

The Giants made things interesting off Carlos Marmol in the ninth. Burriss singled and scored two batters later on Posey's double. Burrell then singled to put men on the corners for Sandoval, who knocked in a run with an infield single. Uribe struck out and Ishikawa grounded out to end the game.

Chicago and San Francisco are meeting for the first time since the Cubs took four of six matchups a year ago, including three of four at AT&T Park...Dempster improved to 4-7 lifetime against the Giants...Lincecum fell to 7-4 in 12 home starts in 2010...San Francisco shortstop Renteria left the game in the fifth inning with a left bicep strain...The Cubs snapped a six-game road skid...Ramirez has 1,000 RBI for his career...Following Monday's game, Chicago recalled infielder Hoffpauir and catcher Welington Castillo from Triple-A Iowa. The club also placed catcher Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right shoulder and placed infielder Derrek Lee on the bereavement list.

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Lincecum Pitches Game Two Against Braves

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants like their chances of keeping pace in the NL West with Tim Lincecum set to take the hill tonight. Lincecum will shoot for his 12th win of the season in the second portion of a four-game series versus the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park.

The two-time defending NL Cy Young honoree is coming off a loss at Atlanta last Thursday, as he surrendered three runs in 6 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Lincecum was 3-0 in his previous five starts -- all San Francisco wins -- before falling to 11-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 23 starts.

Lincecum will face the Cubs for the seventh time in his career and is 3-2 against them with a 2.55 ERA. He's also 7-3 in 11 home starts in 2010.

San Francisco is in the heat of a playoff race and looks to ride the coattails of its best pitcher. It pulled within 1 1/2 games of the idle NL West-leading San Diego Padres with last night's 4-3 victory in 11 innings on Pat Burrell's sacrifice fly. Burrell plated Edgar Renteria with the game-winning run, while the Giants shortstop led off the bottom of the 11th with a single.

"We left some men on base, but after a tough trip to Atlanta, it's nice to get a win to start this homestand," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We grinded hard to win that game."

Burrell had two hits and Andres Torres finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the NL Wild Card-leading Giants, who ended a two-game slide and won for the sixth time in 10 tries. San Francisco is one game ahead of both Philadelphia and St. Louis for the final postseason berth in the National League.

The Giants will host San Diego for a crucial three-game series after this lengthy set with the Cubs.

Chicago has dropped four straight and 11 of its last 12 games. Marlon ByrdTyler Colvin and Alfonso Soriano each drove in a run last night, while starter Carlos Zambrano was back on the hill and did not record a decision for tossing five innings of two-run ball. Marcos Mateo was saddled with the loss for giving up Burrell's sac fly in the 11th.

"It was normal," Zambrano said of his first start since June 25. "Too much movement on my fastball but everything was normal."

The Cubs were without catcher Geovany Soto and first baseman Derrek Lee in last night's setback. Soto landed on the disabled list yesterday with a shoulder injury and Lee was put on the bereavement list to be with his ailing grandfather. The team, which will also visit St. Louis, announced that starting pitcher Carlos Silvaunderwent a successful cardiac ablation on Monday in Chicago and is expected to pitch again this season.

Ryan Dempster will pitch for the 24th time this season when he toes the rubber Tuesday for the Giants. Dempster has won four of his last six decisions and beat Milwaukee the previous time out last Wednesday. He worked six innings against the Brewers and permitted three runs in six innings.

The right-hander improved to 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA this season. Dempster, though, hasn't had much success against San Francisco, going 3-7 with a 4.11 ERA in 21 career meetings (11 starts).

Chicago and San Francisco are meeting for the first time since the Cubs took four of six matchups a year ago, including three of four at AT&T Park. The Cubs have won 13 of the last 21 encounters with the Giants.

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