Chicago Cubs aced out by Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

And no team has been worse since then.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the team had no answer for Madison Bumgarner.

Hunter Pence ended Lester's bid for a second no-hitter with a home run to left on a 1-2 changeup that cut over the plate. After a ninth-inning walk, he struck out Crawford - his fourth of the game - to end it with his 102nd pitch. Bumgarner has a 2.14 ERA in his career in the postseason, the best ERA among active pitchers with at least 9 postseason starts.

After the Giants went ahead 2-0 in the fourth on the RBI single from Eduardo Nunez - which came on the heels of a wild pitch and then passed the ball - the Cubs began clawing back and halved the deficit in the fifth thanks to a hustling Javier Baez.

Good luck hitting his curveball: Opponents are hitting just.118 against Bumgarner's curveball this season, the third-lowest mark against any starter who has thrown at least 350 curves and the best among NL starters.

The Rangers almost squandered a seven-run lead but won their sixth straight to push their AL West advantage to 9 1/2 games over the second-place Astros. Howie Kendrick singled four times for the Dodgers, who out-hit the Padres 13-6.

The Cubs pulled to within 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

They didn't have to squint hard, though, to see what they can be, even with the way they've played over the past 45 games.

The Chicago Cubs (87-48) have won two one-run ball games in the first two games of the series against the Giants.

The play Maddon was talking about with Crawford happened in the sixth inning with the Cubs trailing 2-1.

It was another effective start for Arrieta but his second consecutive missed an opportunity to record his 17th victory.

He acknowledged he started thinking about a second one after the first inning and added, "Anybody that tells you different is lying". Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.60) is up for the Cubs. Cabrera and Justin Upton each homered as the Tigers stayed tied with the Orioles for the final AL wild-card berth. Hunter Strickland entered and escaped the inning, but not before Bryant hit a line single up the middle on the 99.6 miles per hour fastball and Zobrist drew a walk to load the bases. The 27-year-old has won three of his last four starts, including a solid showing Sunday against Atlanta in which he allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings. NY rebounded from consecutive losses and won for the 10th time in 14 games, moving within one game of St. Louis for the final NL playoff berth.

BALTIMORE - Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 41st homer to cap a six-run second inning, and Baltimore peppered NY with four long balls. Welington Castillo had a three-run double and Lamb followed with his 27th homer to make it 6-0. Cueto comes off of a 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks with all four runs scoring over 4.2 innings. Marte's RBIs came during a nine-run second that allowed the Mariners to erase a 4-1 deficit. I think he had two strikes and the fans were pretty loud, so Jake just didn't hear me. Trevor Cahill, Justin Grimm, and Travis Wood threw an ideal inning each, retiring all nine batters they faced, and with Jake striking out the final two he faced in the sixth, the last 11 Giants went down in order. Scooter Gennett's sixth-inning double produced the only run.

BREWERS 7, PIRATES 4: Struggling rookie Orlando Arcia had three hits, including a tiebreaking single in Milwaukee's four-run eighth inning, to extend Pittsburgh's losing streak to five games. Their 2.12 BB/9 is also good for second-lowest in the league, although their 7.49 K/9 skews more toward the middle of the pack.

WHITE SOX 11, TWINS 4 Todd Frazier homered for the second straight game, Adam Eaton had four hits and the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota.

The good vibes could be crushed in the series finale, but on a day when Bumgarner outgunned the reigning Cy Young Award winner and the Giants held off a team that should win 100 games, players weren't shy about looking down the line.


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