SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Luis González and Joey Bart homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning and the San Francisco Giants withstood a late rally by Chicago and beat the Cubs 5-4 on Saturday night.
Austin Slater doubled home Darin Ruf in the bottom of the third to start the scoring for San Francisco. Yermín Mercedes followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
After David Villar led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, González hit a two-run homer off Cubs starter Drew Smyly. On the next pitch, Bart homered to left to give the Giants a 5-0 lead.
Chicago charged back beginning in the seventh inning when Nelson Velazquez drove in a run with a pinch-hit single.
The Cubs rallied in the ninth, loading the bases with no outs. Chicago scored twice on fielder’s choice grounders by Velazquez and Willson Contreras, and added another run on an RBI groundout by Seiya Suzuki.
With Contreras representing the tying run at second base and two outs, Dominic Leone got Ian Happ to ground out, earning his third save in six chances.
Giants starter Jakob Junis pitched four scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Tyler Rogers (2-3) followed with two perfect innings and earned the win.
Smyly (3-6) allowed five earned runs in four innings against his former team. The left-hander, who pitched for San Francisco in 2020, allowed seven hits and two walks, striking out five.
Giants shortstop Thairo Estrada left the game early after being hit by a pitch in the helmet in the fifth inning.
Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr., recalled earlier Saturday from Triple-A Iowa, hit Estrada with an 84 mph changeup, sending him to the ground. Estrada was on his back and spoke to training staff, eventually getting helped to his feet and back to the…