San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Junior Lake scored the go-ahead tally on
San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt's two-run fielding error in the top
of the ninth inning, as the Chicago Cubs edged the Giants, 3-2, Friday in the
opener of a three-game set at AT&T Park.
San Francisco took a 2-1 lead in the seventh on Jeff Francoeur's two-run
single before Santiago Casilla stranded Cubs on second and third in the eighth
to get the ball to closer Sergio Romo.
Romo (3-5) served up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Julio Borbon before
walking pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro. The right-hander bounced back with a
strikeout of David DeJesus and then got Lake to ground into a fielder's choice
to leave runners on the corners with two outs.
Anthony Rizzo then fouled off a pair of 3-2 pitches before ripping a grounder
toward first that snuck past Belt and trickled down the right-field line,
allowing Borbon and Lake to score for a one-run lead.
Kevin Gregg worked around a leadoff single in the bottom half to secure his
20th save of the season and make a winner out of Matt Guerrier (4-4), who
tossed 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief work.
Starlin Castro was credited with the lone RBI for the Cubs, who won for the
third time in five games, despite going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring
San Francisco starter Matt Cain yielded just one run on six hits while
striking out seven over seven frames, but the Giants were unable to hold on
late as they fell for the fifth time in their last six games.
The only run Cain gave up came in the sixth came when Nate Schierholtz smacked
a one-out double and scored on Castro's single to center to put the Cubs in
Chicago starter Edwin Jackson did his part for much of the night, limiting the
Giants to two hits over six scoreless innings before running into trouble in
Pablo Sandoval got things going with a one-out single before Hunter Pence
doubled in front of an intentional walk to Belt.
With the bases loaded and one out, Francoeur punched a single into shallow
right-field to score Sandoval and Pence for a 2-1 lead. Belt tried to score
when Schierholtz's throw from right sailed past the catcher, but he was tagged
out by Jackson between third and home to leave the margin at one.
Chicago had lost five straight at AT&T Park and won in San Francisco for the
first time since Aug. 30, 2011 ... Prior to the game, the Cubs traded
outfielder Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees in exchange for Corey
Black, a minor league pitcher ... The Giants acquired minor league pitcher
Guillermo Moscoso from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash
considerations prior to the game ... Lake went 0-for-5 to snap a seven-game
hit streak to begin his career.
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