Cubs Fall To Giants, Brace For Willson Contreras To Have DL Stint With Leg Injury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner allowed four hits over seven innings to win for the second time since returning from a dirt bike accident, helping the San Francisco Giants defeat the Chicago Cubs, 3-1, on Wednesday and complete a winning homestand for only the second time this season.

Bumgarner (2-5) struck out seven, walked one and gave up five hits — including a third-inning home run by Albert Almora Jr. Bumgarner is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in five starts since returning July 12 after missing nearly three months because of injuries sustained April 20. Since beating Pittsburgh on July 25, he did not get a decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers and lost to Arizona.

The Cubs lost catcher Willson Contreras — who was playing first base Wednesday — to a right leg injury late in the game. It was believed to be a strained hamstring, and Contreras was set to have an MRI on Thursday, with results and more information likely to come Friday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon acknowledged that the team is bracing for Contreras to land on the disabled list.

Bumgarner has a 1.38 ERA in his last four starts and has received two runs or fewer of support in seven of 10 starts this year.

Hunter Strickland pitched a one-hit eighth and Sam Dyson completed the six-hitter with a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

San Francisco won two of three against the NL Central-leading Cubs and has won consecutive home series for the first time since May. The Giants went 5-3 on a homestand that included a two-game split against Oakland and two wins in three games against Arizona. The Giants went 5-2 against Cincinnati and the Dodgers from May 11-17.

Joe Panik hit an RBI single in the second, Jarrett Parker had a tiebreaking single in the seventh against Brian Duensing (0-1) and Hunter Pence hit an opposite-field homer to right-center in the eighth against Pedro Strop.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks gave up one run, five hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.

PENS

Giants relievers have given up two earned runs in their last 22 2/3 innings. … Duensing had entered with 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.

HOT

Parker is hitting .417 (10 for 24) with a homer, two doubles and eight RBIs since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 2. He fractured his right clavicle while crashing into a wall on April 15.

WELCOME BACK

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who returned to the Giants last month after his release by Boston, got a loud ovation after making a diving stop in the hole and throwing out Ben Zobrist in the fifth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Koji Uehara was placed on the 10-day DL with a right neck strain. The 42-year-old setup man faced just two batters in the seventh inning before being pulled from Tuesday’s game. . RHP Justin Grimm was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

Giants: RHP Mark Melancon, on the DL with right forearm strain, will travel team to Washington. The 32-year-old closer could go to Double-A Richmond on a rehab assignment, throw a simulated game or could be activated, according to manager Bruce Bochy. … INF Miguel Gomez (sore knee) had an MRI on Wednesday that showed inflammation. He is day to day. … Rookie OF Austin Slater, out since July 8 with what was thought to be a season-ending right groin strain, has started taking swings and throwing at the team’s Scottsdale, Arizona, spring training facility.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP John Lackey (9-9) will start Friday’s series opener against Arizona. The 38-year-old is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (0-2) is to take the mound Friday at the Nationals for his third big league start.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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