08/21 23:04 CDT Bryant's HR in 8th gives Cubs wild 12-11 win over Giants
Bryant's HR in 8th gives Cubs wild 12-11 win over Giants
By JOHN JACKSON
CHICAGO (AP) --- Kris Bryant hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning
to give the Chicago Cubs a 12-11 comeback victory over the San Francisco Giants
in a wild, back-and-forth game Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
Nicholas Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber also connected for Chicago, which has
won four straight despite losing leads twice in the last four innings. The Cubs
moved back into first place in the NL Central by a half-game over St. Louis,
which lost to Milwaukee in a rain-shortened game.
Castellanos, who went 4 for 5, has homered in three straight games for the
second time in his career --- he also did it with Detroit in 2016 --- and has
nine in 19 games since being acquired in a trade before the July 31 deadline.
He is batting .392 (31 for 79) with the Cubs.
Evan Longoria, Mike Yastrzemski, Stephen Vogt and Kevin Pillar homered for San
Francisco, which has dropped three straight.
Castellanos led off the eighth with an infield single to set the stage for
Bryant, who stroked a 1-1 pitch from Reyes Moronta (3-7) into the left field
Brandon Kintzler (3-2) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Craig Kimbrel
worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save.
Cubs starter Yu Darvish tossed seven sharp innings against Philadelphia in his
last outing and left with a 5-0 lead. But the bullpen blew the big advantage,
leaving the right-hander with a no-decision.
Chicago led 6-2 heading into the fifth on Wednesday. This time, Darvish coughed
up the lead himself.
After retiring 12 straight batters, Darvish gave up a double to Brandon
Crawford with one out in the fifth. One out later, Yastrzemski homered to make
The Cubs got a run back in the bottom of the fifth, but San Francisco scored
five runs in the sixth to take the lead.
Darvish, after dropping a routine throw at first base for an error with one
out, gave up a two-run homer to Vogt to make it 7-6. Pillar then followed with
a solo shot to tie the score.
That was all for Darvish, who allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in
5 1/3 innings. He had eight strikeouts and walked none for a career-high fifth
Derek Holland took over in the sixth against his former team and didn't fare
any better. He gave up three hits in two-thirds of an inning, including a
two-run double to pinch-hitter Austin Slater to give the Giants a 9-7 lead.
The Cubs then rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth against
reliever Trevor Gott to grab a 10-9 advantage. Anthony Rizzo drove in the first
with a double to left-center, Javier Bez tied the game with an infield single
and Schwarber drove in the go-ahead run with a groundout.
San Francisco scored twice in the seventh to grab an 11-10 lead.
Giants: RHP Shaun Anderson (blister) allowed two hits with four strikeouts over
3 1/3 scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
... RHP Johnny Cueto (Tommy John surgery) made his fourth rehab appearance for
Class A San Jose on Tuesday, allowing five runs (four earned) and four hits
with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. "He threw fine; he feels great,"
manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's going to throw Monday for Sacramento."
Cubs: Projected closer Brandon Morrow is out for the year following another
setback in his recovery from right elbow surgery. Morrow had the arthroscopic
procedure last November and hasn't pitched since July 2018. "He certainly
worked really hard in an attempt to come back and tried a lot of different
techniques and procedures, and just wasn't able to get over the hump," team
president Theo Epstein said.
Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-9, 3.54 ERA) faces his former team in the finale
of the three-game series Thursday afternoon. Samardzija is 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA
in three starts against Chicago. RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 3.37) pitches for the
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