08/20 22:15 CDT Rizzo homers twice as Cubs beat Giants 5-3
Rizzo homers twice as Cubs beat Giants 5-3
By JAY COHEN
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) --- Anthony Rizzo homered twice and Cole Hamels pitched six
innings for his first win in two months, helping the Chicago Cubs top the San
Francisco Giants 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Nicholas Castellanos also went deep as Chicago earned its third straight
victory. Jonathan Lucroy contributed a key run-scoring single after the Cubs
won a replay challenge.
Hamels (7-4) permitted three runs and five hits in his first win since June 12
at Colorado. The left-hander went 0-2 with a 6.12 ERA in his previous six
starts, including a shaky performance at Philadelphia last week.
San Francisco dropped to 3-2 on a nine-game trip. Austin Slater hit a two-run
homer for the Giants, and Kevin Pillar added a solo drive.
The game was tied at 3 when the Cubs went ahead to stay in the fifth, helped by
a successful challenge.
With no outs and Rizzo on first, Javier Bez hit a hard grounder to first
baseman Brandon Belt. Apparently thinking Belt grabbed the ball out of the air,
Rizzo headed back to the bag as Bez motored down the line.
Rizzo and Bez bumped into each other just beyond the bag as shortstop Abiatal
Avelino made the relay to first. It was originally called a double play, but
Bez was ruled safe after the review.
Bez then advanced on Kyle Schwarber's walk and scored when Lucroy singled
against Fernando Abad (0-1). Lucroy's liner went off Belt's glove and into
Kyle Ryan and Rowan Wick each got three outs before Craig Kimbrel finished for
his 10th save in 12 chances. It was Kimbrel's first save opportunity since he
returned Sunday after being sidelined by right knee inflammation.
Rizzo went 3 for 3 and scored three times in his first multihomer game this
season. Castellanos hit his seventh homer in 18 games since he was acquired in
a July 31 trade with Detroit.
Rizzo gave Chicago a 3-2 lead when he led off the third with his 23rd homer, a
drive to right off Tyler Beede. But Pillar responded with his team-high 18th
homer in the fourth.
The Cubs announced veteran infielder Ben Zobrist will play for Double-A
Tennessee on Thursday and Triple-A Iowa on Friday and Saturday.
Zobrist is working his way back to the majors after going on the restricted
list May 8. Zobrist, who has been dealing with a divorce, is batting .222 (6
for 27) in nine minor league games this month.
Giants: INF Pablo Sandoval is going to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles
for a second opinion on his ailing right elbow. Sandoval has been dealing with
bone chips for years, but manager Bruce Bochy said they want to make sure
nothing else is going on. ... RHP Johnny Cueto (Tommy John surgery) was slated
to make his second rehab start with Class A San Jose on Tuesday night and
fourth overall. If all goes well, he is expected to make his next rehab
appearance with Triple-A Sacramento. ... OF Steven Duggar (left shoulder
sprain) is likely out for the season, but doesn't need surgery. "We got the
best news we probably could have gotten with him," Bochy said. ... RHP Shaun
Anderson (middle finger blister) was scheduled to make a rehab start for
Sacramento on Tuesday night.
Cubs: RHP Steve Cishek (left hip inflammation) was activated from the 10-day
injured list. INF David Bote was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Monday to make
room for Cishek, who is 3-5 with seven saves and a 3.58 ERA in 54 games this
Right-handers Dereck Rodrguez and Yu Darvish pitch Wednesday night. Rodrguez
(5-6, 4.79 ERA) tossed seven sparkling innings in San Francisco's 7-0 victory
at Arizona on Thursday. Darvish (4-6, 4.21 ERA) is 2-2 with a 2.77 ERA in his
last eight starts for Chicago.
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