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Uribe's two-homer inning vaults Giants back into first

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- A pregame hitters' meeting seemed to help shake the San Francisco Giants out of their recent slumber.

A stiff wind blowing out of Wrigley Field didn't hurt, either.

Juan Uribe hit a grand slam and a two-run homer, both shots coming during a nine-run second inning that sent the Giants past the Chicago Cubs 13-0 on Thursday and into first place in the NL West.

Postseason Chase

"He is a guy who can do a lot of damage," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's knocked in a lot of runs for us this year. It's nice having a shortstop who can do that. We needed a big game from somebody and we got it from him tonight."

San Francisco moved a half-game ahead of the San Diego Padres, who lost 3-1 at Los Angeles. The Giants have the same record as idle Atlanta, which leads the wild-card race.

"We're better than this and it's going to take everybody to focus out there," Bochy said he told his players. "Trust the guy behind you. We've had a few guys trying to do too much out there. Just try to get a quality at-bat and keep things moving."

The Giants responded with 19 hits and four home runs.

San Francisco pitchers, meanwhile, kept doing a solid job. They have gone 17 consecutive games giving up three or fewer runs, the longest streak since the Chicago White Sox set the record with 20 in a row in 1917, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

Madison Bumgarner (6-6) scattered seven hits over seven innings and struck out a career-high nine.

"I feel like I was keeping the ball down a lot better today than I was the last few games," he said. "I'm trying to keep the same approach each time I go out there. I feel good about going out there and giving us a chance to win."

Uribe had only two hits in his previous 21 at-bats before his quick six RBI as the Giants teed off on Ryan Dempster (14-11) and reliever Thomas Diamond.

"He [Dempster] didn't look comfortable to me from the get-go," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "He'll be fine next outing.

"You certainly have to put this one behind you. This is a turn-the-page game for me," he said.

The Giants loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but scored only once as Buster Posey hit into a double play that drove in a run. But San Francisco broke loose the next inning, highlighted by Uribe's 21st and 22nd home runs.

Uribe's two-run shot off Dempster cleared the left-field wall and landed on Waveland Avenue for a 3-0 lead. He later hit his fifth career slam, a drive off Diamond into the left-field seats.

In between Uribe's home runs, the Giants opened a 6-0 lead on RBI singles from Freddy Sanchez and Posey.

Posey hit a solo home run in the third, his 16th of the season. Cody Ross made it 12-0 when he connected off Marcos Mateo in the sixth.

Pablo Sandoval's RBI single in eighth completed the rout.

Notes

  • Sanchez had four hits and Ross had three.
  • The 1972 Indians and 1981 Athletics also went 16 consecutive games of giving up three or fewer runs.
  • San Francisco travels to Colorado for a three-game series beginning Friday.
  • Cubs leadoff man Jeff Baker was a late scratch because stomach flu.
 
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Before these two home runs, Juan Uribe managed just two hits in his previous 21 at-bats for San Francisco. (AP)
Before these two home runs, Juan Uribe managed just two hits in his previous 21 at-bats for San Francisco. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

M. Bumgarner
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 1
K 9
San Francisco

J. Uribe
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 6
 

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HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Fontenot, 3B-SS6220004 .286
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5141000 .296
    Emmanuel Burriss, 2B1000000 .400
Aubrey Huff, 1B2000113 .287
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B2000100 .260
Buster Posey, C4222001 .323
    Eli Whiteside, C1110000 .238
Pat Burrell, LF3100112 .246
    Aaron Rowand, CF1010000 .227
Jose Guillen, RF1210000 .266
    Nate Schierholtz, RF2000011 .247
Juan Uribe, SS4226001 .249
   a- Pablo Sandoval, PH-3B1011000 .264
Cody Ross, CF-LF5131011 .263
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
Madison Bumgarner, P4120012 .184
   b- Eugenio Velez, PH-LF1000002 .173
Totals4313191135  
a-singled for Uribe in the 8th
b-grounded out for Bumgarner in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Fontenot (13, Dempster), Freddy Sanchez (20, Diamond)
HR - Buster Posey (16, Diamond), Juan Uribe 2 (22, Dempster, Diamond), Cody Ross (12, Mateo)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez (42), Buster Posey 2 (64), Juan Uribe 6 (83), Pablo Sandoval (61), Cody Ross (61)
2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey 2 (23), Juan Uribe 4 (28), Cody Ross (27)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (W,6-6) 7700190 3.06
Guillermo Mota 1000010 4.59
Dan Runzler 1000020 3.16
WP - Madison Bumgarner (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 103-73, Guillermo Mota 10-6, Dan Runzler 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 6-5
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 28, Guillermo Mota 3, Dan Runzler 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Darwin Barney, 2B3010112 .258
Starlin Castro, SS4020001 .306
Marlon Byrd, CF3000013 .292
    Sam Fuld, CF1000000 .182
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3010001 .239
    Bobby Scales, 3B1000010 .167
Xavier Nady, 1B3000020 .258
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   a- Welington Castillo, PH1000010 .333
Alfonso Soriano, LF4020000 .257
Kosuke Fukudome, RF2000001 .272
    Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
    Micah Hoffpauir, 1B2000021 .162
Koyie Hill, C3010010 .223
Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .143
    Thomas Diamond, P1000010 .000
    Brad Snyder, RF2000022 .125
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a-struck out for Marshall in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano 2 (38, Bumgarner, Bumgarner)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Barney-Nady, Nady-Castro-Diamond, Barney-Nady
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster (L,14-11) 1.2799221 3.87
Thomas Diamond 2.2822122 7.16
Marcos Mateo 1.2111011 7.00
James Russell 1000000 5.21
Justin Berg 1311000 5.59
Sean Marshall 1000000 2.78
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WP - Ryan Dempster (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 53-30, Thomas Diamond 69-43, Marcos Mateo 22-13, James Russell 10-5, Justin Berg 22-14, Sean Marshall 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 1-1, Thomas Diamond 1-4, Marcos Mateo 3-0, James Russell 1-2, Justin Berg 3-0, Sean Marshall 3-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 15, Thomas Diamond 16, Marcos Mateo 5, James Russell 3, Justin Berg 6, Sean Marshall 3
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Attendance - 34481
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mike Winters