Blach dominant in win surrenders only two runs to Cubs; Posey blasts three HR in 6-3 Giants victory

San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach throws against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-This maybe not the same San Francisco Giants team that won three World Series in seven years, but you will never hear them say that they are just playing for pride.

Buster Posey hit a three-run home run just over the left-center field wall in the bottom of the first inning and just out of the reach of Albert Almora, Jr., as the Giants hung on to defeat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 before a crowd of 39,864 at AT&T Park.

Posey’s three-run home run also scored Gorkys Hernandez, who led off the inning with a single and just prior to Posey’s 12th home run of the season, Hunter Pence reached on a Javier Baez fielding error.

Ty Blach won for the second game in a row, as he followed up his quality start against the Oakland A’s by pitching seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out three and he won for the eighth time against seven losses.

Blach helped himself out in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he drove in that all important fourth run for the Giants to score Brandon Crawford, who singled with one out.

Jon Jay got the Cubs on the board in the top of the fifth inning, as he grounded out to Joe Panik and Jason Heyward came across the plate much to the delight of the Cubs fans in attendance on this Candlestick Park type night in San Francisco.

Heyward singled to lead off the inning, then went to second on a Baez single and then the two advanced an additional 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Quintana.

The Cubs added another run in the top of the fifth inning, as Wilson Contreras doubled and then Ian Happ followed up with a double of his own to cut the Giants lead in half.

Quintana went six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, walking one and striking out three and is now 2-2 since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 13.

The Giants scored that all important insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Kelby Tomlinson led off the inning with a single, went to third on a pinch hit single by Pablo Sandoval and then scored on a Panik Fielders’ Choice.

That all important fifth run was huge for the Giants, as the Cubs scored a run in the top of the eighth inning. Kris Bryant led off the inning with a single, after an Anthony Rizzo pop out, Willson Contreras reached on a Panik Fielding Error.

Bryant then scored on a Happ sacrifice fly and on the play, Contreras advanced to second on a Jarrett Parker throwing error; however, Hunter Strickland completed his only inning of work by getting Kyle Schwarber to pop out to Crawford to end the inning and the threat.

Posey stole his fifth base of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning, and then scored on a Crawford’s second hit of the night.

NOTES: Madison Bumgarner closes out the series and the home stand on Wednesday, as he looks for his second win of the season for the Giants. The Cubs will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound, as he looks to go over the .500 mark and raise his record to 5-4 on the season.

This was just the Giants third win in their last 10 games versus the Cubs, and they put an end to a four-game losing streak against the Cubs.

Since the All-Star break, the Cubs are now 16-8, for the second-best record in the majors after the break, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are 18-4 since the July 10 All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami.

An interesting note on Baez’s inside-the-park home run from Monday night. It was the third inside-the-park home run by a Cubs player against the Giants, and all three have come in different ballparks.

Tony Taylor hit an inside-the-park home run on July 1, 1958 at Wrigley Field, then Chico Walker hit an inside-the-park grand slam on August 28, 1991 at Candlestick Park, the last inside-the-park grand slam by a Cubs and then last night’s Baez two-run inside-the-park home run.

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