Pagan's single lifts Giants to 7-5 win over Cubs

Associated Press Modified: September 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm •  Published: September 2, 2012
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CHICAGO (AP) — The feeling in the Giants' clubhouse these days is that they'll always find a way to win. And San Francisco has been especially good at doing just that on the road.

Angel Pagan had a tiebreaking single in the ninth Sunday as the Giants rallied to a 7-5 win over the Cubs, completing a 5-1 road trip to Houston and Chicago. Since the All-Star break, the NL West leaders are 19-6 away from home.

"We've been playing very well on the road," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "These were hard-fought games that could have gone either way. It's all about trying to get a series. If you do that, you'll have a decent year."

The Giants are more than decent right now. They're 76-58, a season-best 18 games over .500 after winning 12 of their last 16. And they have a favorable schedule in the final month. San Francisco plays the second-place Dodgers six more times, but L.A. is the only team left on the Giants' slate that currently has a winning record.

"There's a feeling in the dugout, that even when things aren't going right, we still feel like we're in the game," said Giants starter Matt Cain, who lasted only five innings Sunday, matching his shortest outing of the season.

"I've been on teams before where you're down runs and you don't feel like you're in it anymore. This team feels like no matter what the score is, they're gonna keep going out and find ways to score runs. It's a good feeling to have because you never feel like you're out of the game."

Santiago Casilla (6-5) pitched an inning to get the victory Sunday and Javier Lopez got the final two outs for his sixth save in eight chances.

San Francisco carried a 3-1 lead into the fifth but Darwin Barney scored on right fielder Hunter Pence's error and Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run drive off Cain for his 25th homer, putting the Cubs ahead 5-3.

Brandon Belt tripled in Xavier Nady in the sixth and scored the tying run on Manuel Corpas' wild pitch. Then the Giants took advantage of a bout of wildness by Carlos Marmol to grab the lead in the ninth.

Nady led off with a four-pitch walk and pinch-runner Gregor Blanco stole second with one out. Brandon Crawford then walked and Pagan followed with a single to center. Marco Scutaro added another RBI single to give the Giants a two-run cushion.

"I got up in the right situation to put the team on top, and I got it done," said Pagan, who once played for the Cubs, as did Nady.



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