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Cubs strike out 15 times in 5-3 loss to Giants

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 22, 2014 at 1:41 am •  Published: August 22, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — It didn't matter where Travis Wood located any of his pitches against the San Francisco Giants' lineup.

Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer, leading Madison Bumgarner and the Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

Pablo Sandoval added three hits and two RBIs as the Giants rebounded from a 2-1 loss earlier in the day in the resumption of their suspended game from the series opener.

Wood (7-11), who started the nightcap for the Cubs, gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. The left-hander is 0-6 with a 5.45 ERA in his last 12 starts.

"I threw some good pitches that they made some contact on to put them right down the line," said Wood. "Sandoval hit one down the line that was at his eyes, good piece of hitting, and he hit a curveball that was going to bounce down the other line. It just seemed like everything that they made contact with found a soft spot there."

Bumgarner (14-9) struck out 12 in seven innings. He allowed three runs and seven hits. Giants pitching combined for 15 strikeouts in the game.

"He's showed that at a young age. He's as mentally tough as you get. He didn't want to come out of that game, especially with the game on the line. He's got a knack for making pitches when you have to," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

The long day started with a rain delay of 1 hour, 57 minutes, and then the Cubs and Giants played the final 4 1/2 innings of a game the Cubs thought they had won 2-0 on Tuesday night.

A short rainstorm caused a delay of more than 4 1/2 hours after the grounds crew struggled with the tarp that night. The umpires said the field was unplayable and called it at 1:16 a.m.

But the Giants protested, and Major League Baseball ruled that the tarp had not been properly put away after its previous use. The game was suspended.

It was the first successful protest in MLB since 1986.

"It was a strange series, but it's part of the business, it's part of baseball. We're always ready to play so I wouldn't put much into it," said Wood

Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer from Tuesday held up for Chicago. Joe Panik had an RBI single in the sixth to pull the Giants to 2-1, but Pedro Strop worked the eighth and Hector Rondon got three outs for his 19th save in 23 opportunities.

Tuesday's starters proved to be the pitchers of record. Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1) earned the victory for the Cubs, while Ryan Vogelsong (7-9) took the loss.

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