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Peavy pitches Giants to 8-3 win over Cubs

By MATT CARLSON
Associated Press
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CHICAGO (AP) Jake Peavy is showing signs of getting back on track, and his timing couldn't be better for the San Francisco Giants.

The 33-year-old right-hander pitched seven solid innings in his fifth start with San Francisco, and the Giants rolled past the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday, hours after they won a protest regarding a rain-shortened loss from the night before.

Peavy (2-3) has won two straight after losing his first three starts with San Francisco following a July 26 trade from Boston where he was 1-9.

''I never gave up hope or thought I wasn't going to win,'' Peavy said. ''I didn't really do anything different tonight other than just the team scored and made my job a whole lot easier.

''We've got five or six more starts and I've got to try to find a way to win those with us trying to get in (the playoffs).''

Peavy allowed 10 hits, struck out eight and walked none. Chris Valaika's two-run homer in the second inning accounted for the only runs against him.

Hunter Pence and Andrew Susac homered, and Travis Ishikawa drove in three runs with pair of doubles among three hits to help the Giants strengthen their hold on an NL wild card spot.

The Cubs' Luis Valbuena added a solo homer and a triple in going 3 for 4.

Struggling starter Edwin Jackson (6-14) was hit hard in just 2 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed seven runs, eight hits and two walks. Jackson has lost seven of eight decisions.

''It's just terrible,'' Jackson said. ''There's no excuse for it, pretty much. Tonight I didn't help myself. I didn't help my team.''

Before the game, the Giants won their protest filed with Major League Baseball over Tuesday night's rain-shortened loss that was called in the fifth inning.

A problem in getting the tarp onto the field caused unplayable conditions, and the game was ruled a 2-0 Cubs win after a delay of over four hours. The suspended game will be completed on Thursday before the regularly scheduled game between the teams.

''We needed Jake to get somewhat deep in the game,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''A long day tomorrow. We have a lot of innings to play.''

MLB ruled the tarp hadn't been properly put away after its previous use, and therefore there was a ''malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club.''

MLB said this was the first successful protest since 1986.

On Wednesday, the Giants jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning as five of their first six batters reached base. Ishikawa drove in two runs with his first double to cap the outburst.

Ishikawa doubled in another run in the third and scored on Susac's first career homer as San Francisco opened a 7-2 lead.

Pence led off the fourth against Carlos Villenueva with his 17th homer of this season to make it 8-2.

UP NEXT

The suspended game will resume on Thursday with the Cubs batting in the bottom of the 5th inning and leading 2-0. San Francisco's Yesmeiro Petit (3-3, 3.89) and Chicago's Jacob Turner (4-7, 5.80) will step in to start that one. In the regularly scheduled game, Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 3.14) is slated to face Cubs LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86).

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: C Buster Posey was out of the lineup because of soreness in his left hip. Bochy likened it to an unscheduled day off and expected Posey to be back behind the plate on Thursday.

Posey is batting .278 with 13 home runs. He was replaced by Susac.

Cubs: SS Starlin Castro was a last-minute scratch from the lineup due to a family emergency. The team didn't provide details or say how long he would be out, but said it was likely he'd be placed on the bereavement list.

LHP Felix Doubront, placed on the DL with a left calf strain on Aug. 1, threw on the side on Wednesday. He is expected to make another rehab start at Double-A Tennessee on Sunday or Monday. Manager Rick Renteria said Doubront, acquired from Boston on July 30, is in line to be recalled and start on Aug. 30 when the Cubs play a doubleheader at St. Louis.

BALLPARK WATER-GATE

The infield was still damp and the areas under the stands at century-old Wrigley Field reeked of mold even more than usual following Tuesday's night's downpour that led to the game being called at 1:16 a.m. The storm apparently was very localized. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said it didn't rain at his house, some 12 blocks from the ballpark.

 
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Chicago

L. Valbuena
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

T. Ishikawa
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Angel Pagan, CF5110001.300.343.393
   Juan Gutierrez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jean Machi, P0000000.000.000.000
Hunter Pence, RF5221020.284.336.469
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4021000.281.325.431
   Joaquin Arias, PR-3B0000000.207.236.243
Michael Morse, LF3210111.285.341.486
   Gregor Blanco, LF-CF1000001.245.319.310
Joe Panik, 2B5131002.295.346.344
Travis Ishikawa, 1B-LF5133003.245.281.396
Andrew Susac, C5112023.241.290.379
Brandon Crawford, SS3010122.228.316.377
Jake Peavy, P3000023.000.000.000
   a-Adam Duvall, PH-1B1000010.185.241.315
Totals408148210    
a-struck out for Peavy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (22, Villanueva), Michael Morse (29, Jackson), Travis Ishikawa 2 (3, Jackson), Brandon Crawford (15, Jackson)
HR - Hunter Pence (17, Villanueva), Andrew Susac (1, Jackson)
SF - Pablo Sandoval (5)
RBI - Hunter Pence (54), Pablo Sandoval (56), Joe Panik (9), Travis Ishikawa 3 (8), Andrew Susac 2 (7)
SB - Hunter Pence (11, 3rd base off Jackson/Baker)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-Panik-Ishikawa, Sandoval-Panik-Ishikawa-Ishikawa-Sandoval-Peavy, Sandoval-Panik-Ishikawa-Ishikawa-Sandoval-Peavy-Crawford-Panik-Ishikawa
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Peavy (W,3-12) 71022081 4.48
Juan Gutierrez 1111001 3.13
Jean Machi 1000010 1.53
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 111-78, Juan Gutierrez 13-8, Jean Machi 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 5-5, Juan Gutierrez 1-2, Jean Machi 2-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 28, Juan Gutierrez 4, Jean Machi 3
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Chris Coghlan, LF4010023.273.346.449
   Kyuji Fujikawa, P0000000.000.000.000
Javier Baez, SS4010001.231.265.492
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4010001.279.377.515
Luis Valbuena, 3B4231000.242.324.423
Ryan Sweeney, RF4010003.260.311.347
Arismendy Alcantara, CF4000034.207.273.333
Chris Valaika, 2B4112011.182.222.273
John Baker, C4020010.203.281.242
Edwin Jackson, P1010000.175.175.225
   Carlos Villanueva, P1000010.000.000.000
   Wesley Wright, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Matt Szczur, PH-LF1000011.000.000.000
Totals35311309    
a-struck out for Wright in the 7th
Batting
3B - Luis Valbuena (4, Peavy)
HR - Luis Valbuena (11, Gutierrez), Chris Valaika (1, Peavy)
RBI - Luis Valbuena (41), Chris Valaika 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Valbuena (17), Chris Valaika 2 (4)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (L,6-14) 2.2877221 6.09
Carlos Villanueva 3.1211031 4.76
Wesley Wright 1200020 2.61
Kyuji Fujikawa 2200030 1.69
IBB - Crawford by Edwin Jackson
WP - Edwin Jackson (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 61-37, Carlos Villanueva 56-34, Wesley Wright 21-13, Kyuji Fujikawa 25-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 2-4, Carlos Villanueva 3-4, Wesley Wright 1-0, Kyuji Fujikawa 1-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 18, Carlos Villanueva 12, Wesley Wright 5, Kyuji Fujikawa 8
Game Information
Attendance - 30633
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Toby Basner, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt