Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, September 21
San Francisco1Final
Chi Cubs0
Game 2: Wednesday, September 22
San Francisco0Final
Chi Cubs2
Game 3: Thursday, September 23
San Francisco13Final
Chi Cubs0

Giants 13

(86-67, 41-37 away)

Cubs 0

(69-83, 34-44 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 23, 2010

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: M. Bumgarner (6-6)

    L: R. Dempster (14-11)

    Juan Uribe awakens Giants' bats with 2 homers in second inning

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- A pregame hitters' meeting seemed to help shake the San Francisco Giants out of their recent slumber.

    A stiff wind blowing out of Wrigley Field didn't hurt, either.

    Juan Uribe hit a grand slam and a two-run homer, both shots coming during a nine-run second inning that sent the Giants past the Chicago Cubs 13-0 Thursday night and into first place in the NL West.

    "He is a guy who can do a lot of damage," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's knocked in a lot of runs for us this year. It's nice having a shortstop who can do that. We needed a big game from somebody and we got it from him tonight."

    San Francisco moved a half-game ahead of the San Diego Padres, who lost 3-1 at Los Angeles. The Giants have the same record as idle Atlanta, which leads the wild-card race.

    "We're better than this and it's going to take everybody to focus out there," Bochy said he told his players. "Trust the guy behind you. We've had a few guys trying to do too much out there. Just try to get a quality at-bat and keep things moving."

    The Giants responded with 19 hits and four home runs.

    San Francisco pitchers, meanwhile, kept doing a solid job. They have gone 17 straight games giving up three or fewer runs, the longest streak since the Chicago White Sox set the record with 20 in a row in 1917, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

    Madison Bumgarner (6-6) scattered seven hits over seven innings and struck out a career-high nine.

    "I feel like I was keeping the ball down a lot better today than I was the last few games," he said. "I'm trying to keep the same approach each time I go out there. I feel good about going out there and giving us a chance to win."

    Uribe had only two hits in his previous 21 at-bats before his quick six RBIs as the Giants teed off on Ryan Dempster (14-11) and reliever Thomas Diamond.

    "He (Dempster) didn't look comfortable to me from the get-go," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "He'll be fine next outing.

    "You certainly have to put this one behind you. This is a turn-the-page game for me," he said.

    The Giants loaded the bases with none out in the first, but scored just once as Buster Posey hit into a double play that drove in a run. But San Francisco broke loose the next inning, highlighted by Uribe's 21st and 22nd home runs.

    Uribe's two-run shot off Dempster cleared the left-field wall and landed on Waveland Avenue for a 3-0 lead. He later hit his fifth career slam, a drive off Diamond into the left-field seats.

    In between Uribe's homers, the Giants opened a 6-0 lead on RBI singles from Freddy Sanchez and Posey.

    Posey hit a solo homer in the third, his 16th of the season. Cody Ross made it 12-0 when he homered off Marcos Mateo in the sixth.

    Pablo Sandoval's RBI single in eighth completed the rout.

    Game notes

    Sanchez had four hits and Ross had three. ... The 1972 Indians and 1981 Athletics also went 16 straight games of giving up three or fewer runs. ... San Francisco travels to Colorado for a three-game series beginning Friday. ... Cubs leadoff man Jeff Baker was a late scratch because stomach flu.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumWrigley Field, Chicago, IL
    Attendance34,481 (84.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:48
    Weather85 degrees, cloudy
    Wind15 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mike Winters

    Research Notes

    It is also the 7th time they have done it at home. That is MOST times since 1920 a Cubs team has allowed at least 13 runs at home in a season. The 1953 and 1976 teams did it 6 times. --------------------------------------------- Cubs have now allowed at least 13 runs 10 times this season. That matches the most times allowing at least 13 runs in a season by a Cubs team in the live ball era. The 1930 squad also had 10 games allowing at least 13 runs.
    Juan Uribe becomes the 7th player in the last 30 years to hit 2 homers in an inning and drive in at least 6 runs. The last NL player to do it was Juan Rivera in 2004 with the Expos.
    Buster Posey hit his 16th HR, tied for the 5th-most by a rookie in San Francisco Giants history (since 1958).

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