CHICAGO, IL - Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro hit back-to-back RBI singles in the top of the ninth inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs in the rubber match of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.
Chicago closer Carlos Marmol (2-3) was asked to keep the game tied at five and promptly walked Xavier Nady to begin the ninth. Pinch-runner Gregor Blanco then stole second and Brandon Crawford worked a one-out walk before Pagan delivered with a base hit to center field. Scutaro followed with another run- producing hit to give the Giants more breathing room -- the NL West leaders had blown a three-run advantage earlier in the game.
Santiago Casilla (6-5) gave up a one-out single to Darwin Barney in the bottom of the ninth. When Bryan LaHair was announced as a pinch-hitter, left-hander Javier Lopez was summoned from the bullpen.
Chicago manager Dale Sveum countered with Joe Mather, but the move proved fruitless when Mather grounded into a game-ending double play.
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