Joe Panik felt a little better the past couple days in St. Louis.
Jon Lester started strong Tuesday night, and with the exception of one inning, kept getting better in a complete game.
It was San Francisco's first visit to Wrigley Field since the 2016 National League Division Series won in four games by Chicago en route to a World Series championship.
The Giants (20-26) made it eight wins in their past 10 games while the Cubs (22-21) fell for the second time in their past three. "He probably got a little exhausted in the eighth, (but) he really set the tone, and our guys did a nice job swinging the bat". He had only managed hit 10 for 58 and was averaging.172 before Monday's clash against the Cubs.
"We just got to stay on it and stay focused and not let the miscues go to our head", Zobrist said before the game. "Just using the whole field".
He allowed three more hits in a one-run Giants fourth as Brandon Crawford doubled home Buster Posey from second to trim the deficit to 4-1. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Manager Joe Maddon did acknowledge that it's taken time for the outfield to get in sync after Dexter Fowler played center and Jason Heyward right for almost all of 2016. I shall sleep well.
"You look back to 2010, and we were six or seven games back in August", he said.
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The ace right-hander gave up four hits and improved to 5-0 in his last six starts.
"To skip a start I really have to not throw anymore", he said through an interpreter. I've said it a million times, and I hate to beat a dead horse with it, but, I feel like when we pitch well, we don't hit, and when we hit, we don't pitch well. The bases-empty homer to right came on a full-count pitch and landed outside the park on Sheffield Avenue for the first ball out of the park in that direction in Maddon's tenure. The Giants followed with two more hard-hit balls, but Lackey got bailed out by two outstanding defensive plays. Then Albert Almora Jr. reached over his head for a terrific leaping catch on Belt's drive to center.
Panik slugged his first career leadoff homer and second of the year as the Giants claimed a 1-0 first-inning lead.
Panik added a third-inning RBI double.
Blach (2-2) got quick support with runs in four of the first five innings, including a leadoff home run by Joe Panik. He was charged with three runs and eight hits. Over these last four starts, Lackey has a 3.86 ERA and a 4.60 strikeout-walk ratio.
"That's a tough night to pitch".
Giants: CF Denard Span (sprained left thumb) was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day.
In the Giants' 8-3 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a home run. "He's on his way, but to put him out there in a game situation with game speed. he's a week away", Bochy said. On Tuesday, the Cubs evened things up with a 4-1 win.
"I still have confidence in myself when I'm healthy and right, I can get people out", said Anderson, who hasn't pitched since May 6.