Hamels returns to form, helps Cubs beat Giants 5-3

CHICAGO (AP) Cole Hamels is searching for his usual form. It's a work in progress.

He found a way Tuesday night.

Hamels pitched six innings for his first win in two months, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

''It's just kind of the baby steps and getting back to knowing what I'm capable of doing,'' Hamels said.

Anthony Rizzo homered twice for Chicago, and Nicholas Castellanos also went deep. Jonathan Lucroy contributed a key run-scoring single after Chicago won a replay challenge.

The Cubs (67-58) earned their third straight win and stayed a half-game back of NL Central-leading St. Louis, which posted a 9-4 win over Milwaukee.

Hamels (7-4) permitted three runs and five hits in his first win since June 12 at Colorado. The left-hander went 0-2 with a 6.12 ERA in his previous six starts, including a shaky performance at Philadelphia last week.

''It's kind of like when you have that golf swing and you're thinking about 10 different things and you can't hit the ball off the tee box,'' Hamels said. ''Luckily, I can get the ball off the tee box right now.''

San Francisco dropped to 3-2 on a nine-game trip. Austin Slater hit a two-run homer for the Giants (63-63), and Kevin Pillar added a solo drive.

The game was tied at 3 when the Cubs went ahead to stay in the fifth, helped by a successful challenge.

With no outs and Rizzo on first, Javier Baez hit a hard grounder to first baseman Brandon Belt. Thinking Belt had already touched first, Rizzo headed back to the bag as Baez motored down the line.

Rizzo and Baez bumped into each other just beyond the base as shortstop Abiatal Avelino made the relay to first. It was originally called a double play, but Baez was ruled safe after the review.

''Couldn't get that double play,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''That hurt.''

Baez advanced on Kyle Schwarber's walk and scored when Lucroy singled against Fernando Abad (0-1). Lucroy's liner went off Belt's glove and into right field.

''I think I put all I had into it and just came up a little short,'' Belt said.

Kyle Ryan and Rowan Wick each got three outs before Craig Kimbrel finished for his 10th save in 12 chances. It was Kimbrel's first save opportunity since he returned Sunday after being sidelined by right knee inflammation.

Rizzo went 3 for 3 and scored three times in his first multihomer game this season. Castellanos hit his seventh homer in 18 games since he was acquired in a July 31 trade with Detroit.

Castellanos ''has great at-bats every at-bat,'' Rizzo said, ''and that's big. You add another professional at-bat every time and he's doing damage.''

Rizzo gave Chicago a 3-2 lead when he led off the third with his 23rd homer, a drive to right off Tyler Beede. But Pillar responded with his team-high 18th homer in the fourth.

WATCHING ZOBRIST

The Cubs announced veteran infielder Ben Zobrist will play for Double-A Tennessee on Thursday and Triple-A Iowa on Friday and Saturday.

Zobrist is working his way back to the majors after going on the restricted list May 8. Zobrist, who has been dealing with a divorce, is batting .222 (6 for 27) in nine minor league games this month.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: INF Pablo Sandoval is going to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles for a second opinion on his ailing right elbow. Sandoval has been dealing with bone chips for years, but Bochy said they want to make sure nothing else is going on. ... RHP Johnny Cueto (Tommy John surgery) was slated to make his second rehab start with Class A San Jose on Tuesday night and fourth overall. If all goes well, he is expected to make his next rehab appearance with Triple-A Sacramento. ... OF Steven Duggar (left shoulder sprain) is likely out for the season, but doesn't need surgery. ''We got the best news we probably could have gotten with him,'' Bochy said. ... RHP Shaun Anderson (middle finger blister) was scheduled to make a rehab start for Sacramento on Tuesday night.

Cubs: RHP Steve Cishek (left hip inflammation) was activated from the 10-day injured list. INF David Bote was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Monday to make room for Cishek, who is 3-5 with seven saves and a 3.58 ERA in 54 games this season.

UP NEXT

Right-handers Dereck Rodriguez and Yu Darvish pitch Wednesday night. Rodriguez (5-6, 4.79 ERA) tossed seven sparkling innings in San Francisco's 7-0 victory at Arizona on Thursday. Darvish (4-6, 4.21 ERA) is 2-2 with a 2.77 ERA in his last eight starts for Chicago.

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  • W: C. Hamels (7-4)L: F. Abad (0-1)S: C. Kimbrel (10)
  • HR: SF - K. Pillar (18), A. Slater (4), CHC - A. Rizzo 2 (25), N. Castellanos (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Solano 2B40100021.333.363.470.8330.0
M. Yastrzemski LF40100011.276.325.543.8680.5
B. Posey C40000002.254.322.384.7060.0
E. Longoria 3B31100120.254.320.450.7702.0
K. Pillar CF41111002.261.290.450.7406.0
A. Slater RF31121001.295.408.533.9417.0
a- S. Vogt PH10000010.279.338.514.852-0.5
B. Belt 1B40000001.228.342.387.7290.0
A. Avelino SS30100020.250.250.250.5000.0
b- B. Crawford PH10000000.224.296.347.6420.0
T. Beede P10000001.143.226.143.3690.0
c- M. Bumgarner PH00000100.137.254.196.4501.0
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A. Suarez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Slater in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Avelino in the 9th
  • c-walked for Beede in the 5th
  • d-struck out for Gustave in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Heyward CF40000112.266.348.454.8020.5
N. Castellanos RF51311001.287.340.505.8458.0
K. Bryant 3B50000015.286.385.529.914-0.5
A. Rizzo 1B33322100.288.400.528.92715.0
J. Baez SS41100012.285.315.541.8561.5
K. Schwarber LF20100210.229.325.488.8133.5
J. Lucroy C30110102.249.318.372.6903.0
T. Kemp 2B30010002.217.284.389.6731.0
R. Wick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Kimbrel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Hamels P10000110.094.143.094.2370.5
a- I. Happ PH00000100.273.365.564.9291.0
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Russell PH-2B10000002.245.329.397.7270.0
  • a-walked for Hamels in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Ryan in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - K. Pillar (18), A. Slater (4)
  • RBI - K. Pillar (69), A. Slater 2 (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Yastrzemski, B. Posey 2 (2), B. Belt, T. Beede
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Schwarber (18)
  • HR - N. Castellanos (18), A. Rizzo 2 (25)
  • SF - T. Kemp (4)
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (46), A. Rizzo 2 (79), J. Lucroy (33), T. Kemp (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (21)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant 5 (5), J. Lucroy 2 (2), A. Russell 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Avelino-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Beede4.06333435.821.632.0
F. Abad (L, 0-1)1.12112104.911.36-6.5
J. Gustave0.20000001.420.790.0
A. Suarez2.01112007.431.912.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Beede4.0
F. Abad (L, 0-1)1.1
J. Gustave0.2
A. Suarez2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels (W, 7-4)6.05332523.731.3120.5
K. Ryan (H, 13)1.01000203.261.233.0
R. Wick (H, 3)1.00000102.411.073.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 10)1.00000105.651.5310.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels (W, 7-4)6.0
K. Ryan (H, 13)1.0
R. Wick (H, 3)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 10)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Suarez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Beede 91-56, F. Abad 26-14, J. Gustave 4-4, A. Suarez 30-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Beede 4-4, F. Abad 2-0, J. Gustave 1-1, A. Suarez 2-4
  • Batters Faced - T. Beede 21, F. Abad 7, J. Gustave 2, A. Suarez 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 94-58, K. Ryan 19-12, R. Wick 13-8, C. Kimbrel 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 6-7, R. Wick 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 25, K. Ryan 4, R. Wick 3, C. Kimbrel 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Solano 2B40100021.333.363.470.8330.0
M. Yastrzemski LF40100011.276.325.543.8680.5
B. Posey C40000002.254.322.384.7060.0
E. Longoria 3B31100120.254.320.450.7702.0
K. Pillar CF41111002.261.290.450.7406.0
A. Slater RF31121001.295.408.533.9417.0
a- S. Vogt PH10000010.279.338.514.852-0.5
B. Belt 1B40000001.228.342.387.7290.0
A. Avelino SS30100020.250.250.250.5000.0
b- B. Crawford PH10000000.224.296.347.6420.0
T. Beede P10000001.143.226.143.3690.0
c- M. Bumgarner PH00000100.137.254.196.4501.0
L. Webb PR0000-000.000.500.000.000-
F. Abad P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Gustave P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
d- S. Gennett PH10000010.246.266.352.618-0.5
A. Suarez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Slater in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Avelino in the 9th
  • c-walked for Beede in the 5th
  • d-struck out for Gustave in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Heyward CF40000112.266.348.454.8020.5
N. Castellanos RF51311001.287.340.505.8458.0
K. Bryant 3B50000015.286.385.529.914-0.5
A. Rizzo 1B33322100.288.400.528.92715.0
J. Baez SS41100012.285.315.541.8561.5
K. Schwarber LF20100210.229.325.488.8133.5
J. Lucroy C30110102.249.318.372.6903.0
T. Kemp 2B30010002.217.284.389.6731.0
R. Wick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Kimbrel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Hamels P10000110.094.143.094.2370.5
a- I. Happ PH00000100.273.365.564.9291.0
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Russell PH-2B10000002.245.329.397.7270.0
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  • a-walked for Hamels in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Ryan in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - K. Pillar (18), A. Slater (4)
  • RBI - K. Pillar (69), A. Slater 2 (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Yastrzemski, B. Posey 2 (2), B. Belt, T. Beede
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Schwarber (18)
  • HR - N. Castellanos (18), A. Rizzo 2 (25)
  • SF - T. Kemp (4)
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (46), A. Rizzo 2 (79), J. Lucroy (33), T. Kemp (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (21)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant 5 (5), J. Lucroy 2 (2), A. Russell 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Avelino-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Beede4.06333435.821.632.0
F. Abad (L, 0-1)1.12112104.911.36-6.5
J. Gustave0.20000001.420.790.0
A. Suarez2.01112007.431.912.0
Total8.0955753---
PITCHERSIP
T. Beede4.0
F. Abad (L, 0-1)1.1
J. Gustave0.2
A. Suarez2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels (W, 7-4)6.05332523.731.3120.5
K. Ryan (H, 13)1.01000203.261.233.0
R. Wick (H, 3)1.00000102.411.073.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 10)1.00000105.651.5310.5
Total9.0633292---
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels (W, 7-4)6.0
K. Ryan (H, 13)1.0
R. Wick (H, 3)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Suarez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Beede 91-56, F. Abad 26-14, J. Gustave 4-4, A. Suarez 30-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Beede 4-4, F. Abad 2-0, J. Gustave 1-1, A. Suarez 2-4
  • Batters Faced - T. Beede 21, F. Abad 7, J. Gustave 2, A. Suarez 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 94-58, K. Ryan 19-12, R. Wick 13-8, C. Kimbrel 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 6-7, R. Wick 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 25, K. Ryan 4, R. Wick 3, C. Kimbrel 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Kemp hit sacrifice fly to left, Rizzo scored, Schwarber to third, Lucroy to second35
  • 5TH INNING
    Lucroy singled to shallow right, Baez scored, Schwarber to second34
  • 4TH INNING
    Pillar homered to left33
  • 3RD INNING
    Rizzo homered to right center23
  • 2ND INNING
    Slater homered to right center, Longoria scored22
  • 1ST INNING
    Rizzo homered to right center02
    Castellanos homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Craig Kimbrel relieved Rowan Wick
    • Stephen Vogt hit for Austin Slater
    • S. Vogt: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vogt struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Belt lined out to center
    • Brandon Crawford hit for Abiatal Avelino
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Crawford flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Rowan Wick pitching
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward flied out to center
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castellanos grounded out to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Kyle Ryan pitching
    • A. Avelino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Avelino struck out swinging
    • Scooter Gennett hit for Jandel Gustave
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gennett struck out on foul tip
    • D. Solano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Solano singled to center
    • M. Yastrzemski: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Yastrzemski flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Suarez pitching
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez lined out to center
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Schwarber doubled to deep left, Rizzo to third
    • J. Lucroy: Lucroy intentionally walked
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Kemp hit sacrifice fly to left, Rizzo scored, Schwarber to third, Lucroy to second
    • Addison Russell hit for Kyle Ryan
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Russell grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Longoria singled to center
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pillar grounded out to pitcher, Longoria to second
    • A. Slater: Ball, Slater flied out to center
    • B. Belt: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Ian Happ hit for Cole Hamels
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Happ walked
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Heyward struck out looking
    • Jandel Gustave relieved Fernando Abad
    • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castellanos flied out to right
    • K. Bryant: Bryant grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • A. Avelino: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Avelino struck out swinging
    • Madison Bumgarner hit for Tyler Beede
    • M. Bumgarner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bumgarner walked
    • D. Solano: Ball, Foul, Solano flied out to left
    • M. Yastrzemski: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Yastrzemski reached on an infield single to second, Bumgarner to second
    • Logan Webb ran for Madison Bumgarner
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Posey flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Fernando Abad pitching
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Rizzo singled to left
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Baez reached on fielder's choice to first, Rizzo out at second
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Schwarber walked, Baez to second
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy singled to shallow right, Baez scored, Schwarber to second
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded into double play shortstop to first, Lucroy out at second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar homered to left
    • A. Slater: Ball, Slater grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Belt: Foul, Belt grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Beede Pitching:
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kemp flied out to deep center
    • C. Hamels: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hamels walked
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward reached on fielder's choice to first, Hamels out at second
    • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Castellanos singled to center, Heyward to third
    • K. Bryant: Bryant popped out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • D. Solano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Solano struck out looking
    • M. Yastrzemski: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Yastrzemski struck out looking
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Beede Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo homered to right center
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Longoria walked
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pillar popped out to shortstop
    • A. Slater: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Slater homered to right center, Longoria scored
    • B. Belt: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Belt fouled out to left
    • A. Avelino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Avelino singled to right
    • T. Beede: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Beede popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Beede Pitching:
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kemp grounded out to first
    • C. Hamels: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamels struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos singled to left, Heyward to third
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bryant lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • D. Solano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Solano struck out swinging
    • M. Yastrzemski: Ball, Foul, Yastrzemski fouled out to third
    • B. Posey: Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Beede Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Heyward lined out to right
    • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos homered to center
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bryant struck out looking
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo homered to right center
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Baez singled to left
    • K. Schwarber: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schwarber walked, Baez to second
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy reached on fielder's choice to third, Baez out at third
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)