Panik's double caps 3-run 8th as Giants rally past Cubs 5-4

Joe Panik hit a go-ahead double with two outs in a three-run eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants continued their winning ways since the All-Star break by rallying past the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Monday night.

Austin Slater doubled home the tying run, and Brandon Crawford hit an RBI single to help key the late comeback against Pedro Strop (2-4) as surprising San Francisco (51-50) won for the ninth time in 10 games and 16th in 19.

Robel Garcia and Kyle Schwarber each hit a solo homer for the Cubs, who couldn't hold a 4-2 lead in the eighth.

Anthony Rizzo had delivered an insurance run with an RBI double in the eighth before the Giants answered.

This series features two of the best clubs so far in the second half, with the Giants at 9-3 and the Cubs 8-2.

Garcia splashed a home run into McCovey Cove beyond the right field arcade in the second for the Cubs' first hit. It marked the 48th splash hit by a Giants opponent and 126th overall, with home run king Barry Bonds accounting for 35 of those.

Schwarber connected for his 22nd homer with two outs in the third.

Drew Pomeranz pitched two perfect innings in relief for the Giants, then Trevor Gott (7-0) worked the eighth. Sam Dyson finished for his second save, but issued a two-out walk and Addison Russell's single to make it interesting until the final out. Schwarber popped up to end it.

The Giants stranded the potential tying run at third in the fifth. Kyle Ryan relieved Cubs starter Alec Mills - still seeking his first career victory in 12 total appearances and four starts dating to 2016 - with one out and induced Pablo Sandoval's inning-ending double play after Mike Yastrzemski's RBI single. San Francisco missed another chance in the seventh.

Mills allowed two runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked one in his first career road start and second outing for Chicago.

Right-hander Shaun Anderson, the Giants' top pitching prospect making his 13th career start, struck out five and walked two over five innings. He allowed three runs and three hits.

The Cubs have lost nine of 13 in San Francisco and are trying for their first winning road series since taking two of three at Washington from May 17-19.


Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels is scheduled to make a rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Iowa at San Antonio and will throw up to 45-50 pitches. He has been sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle. "It really is important to find out how Cole comes out of it, how he feels after he throws," manager Joe Maddon said. ... C Willson Contreras (sprained right foot) will be activated and available for Wednesday afternoon's series finale, perhaps to start behind the plate catching lefty Jon Lester. Contreras worked from the crouch and stood to throw to the bases during warmup drills. ... The Cubs recalled RHP Rowan Wick from Iowa and optioned RHP Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A.

Giants: 3B Evan Longoria took grounders balls for the first time as he works back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He also is doing one-arm drills throwing and playing catch. ... LF Alex Dickerson (back tightness) was available off the bench with the hopes he will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday night. ... Manager Bruce Bochy planned to stay away from closer Will Smith after he pitched six of the previous 10 days, so Dyson filled those duties in the ninth.


RHP Yu Darvish (3-4, 4.46 ERA) pitches for Chicago in his second career start vs. San Francisco having worked six scoreless innings in each of his past two outings. The Giants send LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-7, 3.65) to the mound with his future on the club still uncertain with the trade deadline next week. Bumgarner went nine innings in last Thursday's 16-inning win against the Mets.