Chicago, IL – Marco Scutaro's RBI single in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference, as the San Francisco Giants held off the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in the third installment of a four-game series.
Scutaro went 3-for-4 and also scored a run for the Giants, who bounced back from Friday's 4-3 loss. Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco added an RBI apiece.
San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner (3-0) gave up two runs on six hits while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings. Santiago Casilla tossed two scoreless innings of relief to pick up his first save of the season.
"The pitching picked us up and won that game for us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, who went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven. Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-4.
Jeff Samardzija (1-2) allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings to take the loss.
"You play a team like that, and you have to get ahead in the count," Samardzija said. "They work the count and they make you throw a lot of pitches. They stay short and have a game plan."
The Cubs failed to take advantage of a great scoring opportunity in the second inning. Soriano led off with a single and moved to second on right fielder Hunter Pence's throwing error. After Scott Hairston was hit by a pitch, the two runners pulled off a double steal. Following a pair of strikeouts, Bumgarner intentionally walked Alberto Gonzalez to load the bases. Samardzija grounded out to end the threat.
San Francisco broke a scoreless tie in the fifth after Andres Torres doubled to left-center field and raced home on Blanco's single to right.
The Giants tacked on another run during their next at-bat. Scutaro led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Sandoval's base hit up the middle, making it 2-0.
Chicago left men on the corners in the bottom half.
San Francisco scored once more in the seventh to make it a 3-0 game. With Michael Bowden pitching, Brandon Crawford started things with an infield single. Bumgarner then reached first on a sacrifice bunt and the runners moved up a base when Blanco grounded into a fielder's choice. Scutaro followed with an RBI single to right.
Navarro's blast in the bottom half got the Cubs within one. With two outs, Gonzalez singled and scored on pinch-hitter Navarro's homer to left-center field.
Chicago loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. However, Welington Castillo grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The Cubs placed recently anointed closer Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a muscular strain of his right forearm. Chicago recalled pitcher Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa to fill the roster spot ... Bumgarner improved to 4-2 in seven career outings against the Cubs.