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Giants Double Up Cubs

Alex Wood took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Thursday night to stop a seven-game slide.

 

Yermin Mercedes hit an early two-run single, and four Giants pitchers combined on a three-hitter to snap Chicago's six-game winning streak.

 

An umpire's ruling that appeared to give the Cubs a break instead contributed to San Francisco's three-run third.

 

Wood (7-8) allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking two.

 

Wood's no-hit bid ended in the seventh on Ian Happ's leadoff single. Two outs later, Wisdom belted his 18th homer of the season, a drive to left field on an 0-1 pitch.

 

That trimmed San Francisco's lead to 4-2 and prompted Giants manager Gabe Kapler to summon right-hander Dominic Leone, who struck out Frank Schwindel to end the inning.

 

John Brebbia threw eight pitches in a hitless eighth and Camilo Doval struck out three in a one-hit ninth for his 13th save.

 

The Giants opened the scoring against starter Justin Steele (4-7) in the third, which began with Wisdom's misplay of Yastrzemski's grounder to third for an error.

 

With runners at the corners and two outs, Steele uncorked what appeared to be a wild pitch that allowed Yastrzemski to score from third base. But a replay review requested by the Cubs determined the pitch grazed the right pants leg of batter Wilmer Flores, loading the bases.

 

Mercedes' bloop single to center scored Yastrzemski and Austin Slater. Thairo Estrada's infield single brought home Flores to make it 3-0.

 

Slater added an RBI double in the fourth.

 

All four runs Steele permitted in 3 2/3 innings were unearned. He allowed five hits and walked one while striking out six.

 

Cubs SS Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa. 

 

RHP Adbert Alzolay (lat strain) could begin throwing bullpens next week. Alzolay has been out since March with an injury originally sustained in spring training.

 

Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.38 ERA) takes the mound Friday night for the Cubs seeking his first win since coming off the injured list July 9. The right-hander hasn't won since May 24 overall.

 

Giants RHP Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.26) has lost his last three decisions and will be going for his first victory since May 17.

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