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CHICAGO -- San Francisco showed off its deep bullpen on a day the Cubs had to look for yet another closer this season.
With Sergio Romo unavailable after pitching four of the last five days, the Giants turned to Santiago Casilla, who nailed down his first save of the season with two scoreless innings in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
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The Cubs threatened in the eighth, putting two on with no outs, before Soriano grounded out and Welington Castillo hit into a double play against Casilla.
"It's a nice luxury to have 2-3 guys, when you give your closer a break, that you're comfortable with them closing the game and they're comfortable out there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "And what a great job Santiago did."
They could use a reliever like Casilla, who saved 25 games for the World Series champion Giants last season.
"He's versatile," Bochy said. "We can use him seventh, eighth and ninth inning, righties, lefties. He's throwing the ball well right now. He's got four pitches. He's a guy who likes being out there late in the ballgame too."
Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit a two-out, two-run homer off Bumgarner in the seventh to pull the Cubs to 3-2. It was Navarro's second career pinch home run in two days, each hit from a different side of the plate. His tying homer in the ninth Friday was hit from the left side.
"I'm just getting myself mentally ready, taking swings in the clubhouse," Navarro said. "Just go out there and swing.
Bumgarner (3-0) struck out six and walked two, one intentional, in 6 2/3 innings.
"All the pitches felt pretty good today," Bumgarner said.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (1-2) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out five and walked one in six innings. In his previous start, he struck out a career-high 13 and allowed four runs in 5 2-3 innings in Atlanta.
"You play a team like that, you've got to get ahead in the count," Samardzija said. "They work the count. They make you throw a lot of pitches."
A few snowflakes fell in the morning, and the temperature at first pitch was 38 degrees.
Gregor Blanco's RBI single snapped a scoreless tie in the fifth. He drove in Andres Torres, who led off with a double.
The Giants went ahead 2-0 in the sixth on Pablo Sandoval's RBI single. Scutaro scored after he led off with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Samardzija struck out Andres Torres looking to end the inning.
The Cubs stranded seven on base, leaving the bases full in the second and two on in the sixth and eighth. Soriano had three hits for the Cubs.
"We're not quite clicking offensively, but the pitching is doing a good job," Bochy said. "When they stumble, the offense seems to pick it up when we need them."
Sandoval fell into the stands making a diving catch in the ninth. He had a bruised shin and said he should be ready to play Sunday.
|Giants starter Madison Bumgarner allows two runs while pitching neatly into the seventh inning. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Gregor Blanco, CF-LF||5||0||2||1||0||1||2||.259|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.286|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.317|
|Buster Posey, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.211|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.150|
|Andres Torres, LF||4||1||1||0||0||3||4||.269|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.282|
|Madison Bumgarner, P||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||.250|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Angel Pagan, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|2B - Andres Torres (3, Samardzija)|
|SH - Madison Bumgarner (2)|
|RBI - Gregor Blanco (2), Marco Scutaro (3), Pablo Sandoval (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Gregor Blanco (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Crawford-Scutaro-Belt, Sandoval-Scutaro-Belt, Crawford-Scutaro-Belt|
|E - Hunter Pence (1, Throwing)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Madison Bumgarner (W,3-0)||6.2||6||2||2||2||6||1||1.77|
|Jeremy Affeldt (H,4)||0.1||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.08|
|Santiago Casilla (S,1)||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||1.50|
|IBB - Gonzalez by Madison Bumgarner, Schierholtz by Santiago Casilla|
|HBP - Hairston (by Madison Bumgarner)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 110-70, Jeremy Affeldt 11-6, Santiago Casilla 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 5-7, Santiago Casilla 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 27, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Santiago Casilla 6|
|Dave Sappelt, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.071|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.158|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Scott Hairston, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.100|
|a- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.355|
|Welington Castillo, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.364|
|Brent Lillibridge, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.042|
|b- Luis Valbuena, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|Alberto Gonzalez, 2B||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.235|
|c- David DeJesus, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Jeff Samardzija, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Michael Bowden, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Dioner Navarro, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.214|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Steve Clevenger, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|a-was walked intentionally for Hairston in the 8th|
|b-fouled out for Lillibridge in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Gonzalez in the 9th|
|d-homered for Bowden in the 7th|
|e-struck out for Russell in the 9th|
|HR - Dioner Navarro (2, Bumgarner)|
|RBI - Dioner Navarro 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dioner Navarro 2 (2)|
|SB - Alfonso Soriano (1, 3rd base off Bumgarner/Posey), Scott Hairston (1, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Scott Hairston 1|
|DP - Castro-Rizzo|
|Jeff Samardzija (L,1-2)||6||7||2||2||1||5||0||2.75|
|HBP - Posey (by Jeff Samardzija)|
|WP - Jeff Samardzija (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 100-60, Michael Bowden 14-10, Carlos Marmol 11-6, James Russell 13-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 6-5, Michael Bowden 3-0, Carlos Marmol 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 25, Michael Bowden 5, Carlos Marmol 4, James Russell 3|
|Attendance - 34778|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 38|
|Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|