Panik homers as Giants beat Lackey, Cubs 6-4

Cueto (4-4, 4.64 ERA) has had one blister on his middle finger since spring training. Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, left, celebrates with manager Joe Maddon after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Chicago. He launched a 1-1 pitch from Hendricks into the right-center bleachers for his third homer of the season and the Giants nineteenth consecutive solo shot in the third, putting San Francisco up 2-1. The pitches Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo crushed had one thing in common: All were left right over the heart of the plate. Bochy didn't rule out the possibility of calling up a starter to fill in for Cueto on Sunday, though he said the right-handed hurler is being dealt with on a start-to-start basis as of now.

The Giants (20-27) are still 8-3 in their past 11 games.

"Honestly, I threw the ball better tonight than the last three", he said. Lester retired the side in order in the ninth, getting Christian Arroyo to foul out to left on his 99th pitch for the final out. "All stuff in the trainer room so I didn't touch a bat today", Span said. I mean that very sincerely. With the bases loaded and a 3-2 count, Carl Edwards Jr. got Brandon Crawford to ground out back to him to end the inning and the biggest San Francisco threat of the game. It had won eight of 10 overall.

And the whole performance came after a 1:05 rain delay, which included a few minutes of waiting even after he warmed up.

The Cubs hit a few more jumpers against Cueto on Tuesday night.

Souza tied the game with a two-run home run in the second, and Colby Rasmus and Souza went back-to-back in the seventh off Ricky Nolasco (2-4), who is tied for the American League lead with 16 home runs allowed in 2017. The Cubs will sport "Anchorman" themed outfits when they leave Chicago for Los Angeles to begin a road trip that will also take them through San Diego, site of Will Ferrell's comedy about a local news station.

The Giants now stand on red figures as they remain 4th in the National League's West Division with 20 wins and 26 loses this season, trailing the Dodgers by 6 and needing a serious turnaround to their results if they hope to overtake any rivals in the Division and leave the Padres further behind.

Osuna and Adam Frazier led the Pirates' 14-hit attack with two hits and three RBIs apiece. "There's still some there but only thing to do really is to come in tomorrow and test it out".

Cubs: LHP Brett Anderson, who is on the 10-day DL with a lower back strain, is scheduled for a bullpen session on Tuesday. He said everything felt normal.

"They're starting to feel it a little bit", Maddon said of a rotation that returned its top four from a group that produced a major-league-leading 2.96 ERA last season - including Cy Young finalists in Lester and Hendricks.

With one out and runners on first and second, Hunter Strickland got Willson Contreras to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

A pair of southpaws square off on Wednesday when Martin Perez (2-5, 3.71 ERA) and the Rangers play game two of a three-game set with Chris Sale (4-2, 2.19 ERA) and the Red Sox.

  • Julie Sanders