Bryant, Heyward, Zobrist homer as Cubs beat Giants 5-1

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Anthony Rizzo was a much-relaxed hitter as he worked the count and waited for his pitched.

The Chicago Cubs continued to flex home run muscles with three more on Thursday while starter Eddie Butler allowed one run over five innings in a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Cody Bellinger is hitting.283/.342/.604 with nine home runs in 28 games for the Dodgers, while switch-hitting outfielder Ian Happ is hitting.297/.409/.622 with two home runs, four doubles, and a triple in 11 games for Chicago. He has four homers over his last four games and 11 on the season.

"Sex Panther's on board", Maddon said before Thursday's game.

Javier Baez made it 3-2 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Monday Night, San Francisco Giants came into Chicago gearing up for a 4 game series. Davis allowed his first two earned runs of the season, snapping a streak of 18 straight outings to begin the season. But things got really tight in his 19th. With one out, Mac Williamson drove a 2-2 cutter to the right-field basket on the 12th pitch of the at-bat to pull San Francisco to within 5-4.

Rizzo has been able to find his way on base more consistently, drawing a team leading 15 walks this month, and bringing his OBP for the season up to.376. Edwards walked Buster Posey to load the bases, but Brandon Crawford grounded to Edwards on a full count to end the threat.

"We got shut down offensively", manager Bruce Bochy said.

With Jake Arrieta expected to hit free agency this winter and John Lackey likely leaning towards retirement, the Cubs could look to address the future holes in their starting rotation by trading for a pitcher already under contract next season. Still shots were deceiving because the fan tugged his glove down after making the catch, but the Giants checked with the league during the game and they were told that the home run call would have stood. He pitched a season-high seven innings and walked no batters for the first time this year.

"I$3 could have been better today". Two more scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the eighth.

Hendricks (4-2) - 3-1 over his last six starts with an ERA of 1.96 - gave up two runs and five hits.

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Per the edict of manager Joe Maddon, the Cubs dressed for their road trip to Los Angeles in outfits similar to the ones worn for the "Anchorman" movies released in 2004 and 2013.

A Mariners 4, Nationals 2: Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner with a three-run homer in the sixth inning that helped Seattle rally for a win at Washington. The big question will be, who will be the players demoted back to Triple-A?

Giants: INF Eduardo Nunez (left hamstring soreness) was scratched from the lineup before the game. He hunched over in pain down the right-field line after beating out a bunt single in the second, but stayed in the game. "We just have to let it come to us".

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