Wells, Cubs blank GiantsAug 30, 2011 - 6:03 AM
His Cubs teammates provided gifts in the form of four home runs, as Chicago pounded the San Francisco Giants, 7-0, in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park.
Wells (6-4), who struck out seven and walked one batter, has won five of his last six decisions.
Geovany Soto, Blake DeWitt and Carlos Pena each went deep in the seventh inning for Chicago, which avoided a fifth straight loss and recorded just its second victory in nine games.
The Giants, meanwhile, have lost seven of 11 to fall five games behind surging Arizona for first place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks extended their winning streak to seven games Monday.
San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (12-11) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on six hits and walked four in six-plus innings. Lincecum gave up a career- high three home runs, the first of which came off the bat of Alfonso Soriano to start the fifth.
Chicago took control by posting a five-spot in the seventh. Soto led off with a drive to left field. Lincecum then walked his counterpart before Starlin Castro reached on Orlando Cabrera's fielding error. DeWitt followed with a drive to right for a three-run homer.
Two batters later, Pena homered off Steve Edlefsen to put the visitors up 6-0.
Marlon Byrd added an RBI single in the ninth for the Cubs.
The Giants have lost 12 straight series-openers...Chicago snapped a five-game road losing streak...Lincecum had given just three home runs in his previous 13 home starts this year...Andres Torres doubled in the third and pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot singled in the eighth for San Francisco.
- CHICAGO: 7
SAN FRANCISCO: 0
Aug 30 12:41 AM
- Marlon Byrd singled to left scored Blake DeWitt with two out. Runner on first and Tyler Colvin due up.
Cubs 7, Giants 0 Top 9, 2 OutsAug 30 12:34 AM
- Marlon Byrd grounded out third to first. None on with two outs and Tyler Colvin due up.
Cubs 6, Giants 0 Top 7, 2 OutsAug 30 12:02 AM
- Blake DeWitt none-out, three-run Home Run (5) to right scored Randy Wells and Starlin Castro. Aramis Ramirez due up.
Cubs 5, Giants 0 Top 7, 0 OutsAug 29 11:56 PM
- Geovany Soto lead-off Home Run (14) to left. Randy Wells due up.
Cubs 2, Giants 0 Top 7, 0 OutsAug 29 11:51 PM
- Alfonso Soriano lead-off Home Run (23) to left center. Geovany Soto due up.
Cubs 1, Giants 0 Top 5, 0 OutsAug 29 11:16 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
SAN FRANCISCO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 29 10:16 PM
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