Cubs Beat Giants for Eighth Win in Nine Games


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Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs hitting a single to score two runs in the fifth inning against the Giants.

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The rookie Kyle Schwarber continued his surge with two hits and two R.B.I. to back Jon Lester on Friday, and the Chicago Cubs beat the visiting San Francisco Giants, 7-3, for their eighth win in nine games.

Schwarber, who had homered in the previous two games, also scored two runs to help put the Cubs a game and a half ahead of San Francisco for the second wild card spot. They also moved 12 games over .500 for the first time since 2008.

Schwarber doubled and scored in the first, then drove in two and came around in the fifth. The Cubs scored five in that inning to break open a 1-1 game.

Dexter Fowler homered and had three of Chicago’s 12 hits.

Jorge Soler chipped in with a single and two-run double. Chris Coghlan added a pair of singles and an R.B.I., and Hector Rondon worked the final inning and two-thirds for his 18th save in 21 chances.

Lester (7-8) gave up two runs and six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out three after finishing with a season-high 14 strikeouts against Colorado last week.

ROCKIES 5, NATIONALS 4 Drew Storen yielded an eighth-inning grand slam to Carlos Gonzalez, and host Washington blew a four-run lead in a loss to Colorado.

When Storen entered with six outs to go and the score at 4-0, Washington appeared well on its way to recording a second straight win for only the second time since the All-Star break.

With two outs and a runner on first, Jose Reyes and Nolan Arenado singled to load the bases for Gonzalez, who drove a 1-0 pitch into the Washington bullpen beyond the wall in right field. It was the first time in 15 appearances since June 24 that Storen (2-1) gave up a run.

PIRATES 5, DODGERS 4 Pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez lined a bases-loaded single over a five-man infield in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Pittsburgh a victory at home over Los Angeles.

The Pirates loaded the bases with no outs against Jim Johnson (2-4) as Jung Ho Kang walked, Francisco Cervelli singled and Sean Rodriguez had a bunt single.

BRAVES 6, MARLINS 3 Nick Markakis had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning, and host Atlanta beat struggling Miami.

Markakis extended his hitting streak to 14 games, finishing 3 for 4 with a run scored and two R.B.I. as the Braves erased a 3-2 deficit in the seventh to win for the fourth time in six games.

TWINS 10, INDIANS 9 Torii Hunter’s ninth-inning homer gave visiting Minnesota a victory over Cleveland, ending the Twins’ five-game losing streak.

Hunter connected against Bryan Shaw (1-2) to complete a comeback for the Twins, who could not hold an early 6-0 lead. Hunter also drove in two runs in the Twins’ six-run third.

RED SOX 7, TIGERS 2 David Ortiz homered while Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts added two-run doubles to lead visiting Boston over Detroit.

Boston improved to 2-2 on its eight-game trip.

INDIANS TRADE SWISHER The Atlanta Braves reacquired outfielder Michael Bourn and landed Nick Swisher in a trade with Cleveland on Friday, sending third baseman Chris Johnson to the Indians.

Cleveland also gave cash to the Braves to help cover the contracts of the players heading to Atlanta.

Swisher, 34, another former All-Star, is batting .198 with two home runs and eight R.B.I. When the trade was made, he was on a rehabilitation assignment in the minors, recovering from inflammation in his left knee.

Johnson, 30, lost his starting job with the Braves this season. He has a .235 average with two home runs and 11 R.B.I.

GIANTS PUT LEAKE ON D.L. San Francisco placed the right-hander Mike Leake on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.

Leake (9-6), acquired from Cincinnati last week for two prospects, was scheduled to make his second start for the Giants on Friday against the Cubs. He was scratched in favor of Ryan Vogelsong after his hamstring tightened during sprints Monday at Atlanta.



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