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  • 19 Jul
    导出博客文章CHICAGO -- The Cubs have soared to the top of the major leagues with little help
    from Jason Heyward in his first season in Chicago.If their $184 million man can
    start delivering like he did Sunday, look out.Heyward tied it with a single in
    the ninth inning and his liner to left-center in the 13th won it as the Cubs
    beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Sunday to take three of four games in a
    possible playoff preview.Its huge because we have a good team, Heyward said of
    his recent uptick, and when you add that to it, it just makes us that much
    better.Anthony Rizzo led off the 13th with a single off Matt Reynolds (0-1) and
    went to second on Ben Zobrists groundout. Addison Russell, who had three hits,
    was walked intentionally before Heyward drove in his third run of the
    game.Heyward left St. Louis in the offseason for a big-money deal with the Cubs,
    but he was hitting. 225 when manager Joe Maddon benched him for four games last
    month.I really believe when a very good major league player may be struggling,
    if he just sits and watches a major league game being played and then
    understands, `Im one of the best, it does something internally, Maddon
    said.Heyward has five multihit games in his last eight starts.Just being more
    consistent with timing, with better swings, swinging at better pitches, Heyward
    said.Trevor Cahill (4-4) worked a perfect inning in a series in which all four
    games were decided by one run.The Cubs maintained a 16 1/2-game lead in the NL
    Central, while the Giants lead over the Cardinals for the first wild card was
    reduced to 1 1/2 games.The Cubs were staring at a second straight loss when
    Russell led off the ninth with a double against Santiago Casilla. He went to
    third on a wild pitch and scored on Heywards single up the middle to hand
    Casilla his NL-high seventh blown save.The Giants appeared on their way to the
    win in regulation despite managing two hits thanks to seven innings of five-hit
    ball from Johnny Cueto and a perfectly executed suicide squeeze.Eduardo Nunez
    doubled in the fifth, stole third then broke for home as Ehire Adrianza put down
    a soft bunt in front of the mound that forced John Lackey to throw to first and
    snapped a 1-all tie.In his first start since Aug. 14 because of a shoulder
    strain, Lackey allowed one earned run and one hit in five innings.Heyward made
    up for a two-base error in the second when he couldnt make a running catch of
    Hunter Pences fly to right-center. Pence scored the unearned run on Nunezs
    groundout.After the Cubs tied it when Haywards bloop single scored Anthony Rizzo
    in the fourth, the Giants got their first hit an inning later on Nunezs one-out
    liner to the gap.The Giants mustered 14 hits in the four games, failing to score
    in 16 innings against Chicagos bullpen.To go against a staff like this youd
    figure they were going to be low-scoring games. Its tough to come away with
    three losses, manager Bruce Bochy said. They played well. We just didnt do a lot
    of hitting.TRAINERS ROOMGiants: Bochy didnt start SS Brandon Crawford and LF
    Angel Pagan with a day game Monday at Colorado. Both ended up
    pinch-hitting.Cubs: Setup man Hector Rondon (triceps) could come off the
    disabled list as soon as Monday.RIZZO RECOVERSMaddon pointed out Rizzo took off
    immediately to score on Heywards liner a day after a baserunning blunder in the
    ninth inning of a 3-2 loss.SCARY MOMENTGiants 1B Brandon Belt, who has had
    multiple concussions, stayed in after taking Rob Zastryznys 87 mph fastball of
    his helmet in the seventh.NATHAN DEBUTRHP Joe Nathan making his first appearance
    with San Francisco since the 2003 playoffs, struck out Kris Bryant in a perfect
    12th.SIXTH MANChicago will stick with a six starters through another turn in the
    rotation, with LHP Mike Montgomery getting the ball Wednesday at Milwaukee.UP
    NEXTGiants: LHP Matt Moore (9-10, 3.88 ERA) flew early to Denver and starts
    Monday against Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (11-7, 5.17).Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks
    (13-7) carries the majors lowest ERA of 2.09 into Mondays start at Milwaukee
    against RHP Zach Davies (10-6, 4.07).
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    victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2
    million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman
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    Gray scored 19 points, Johnny Griffin Jr. had a double-double and NAIA Loyola
    beat Southern 69-64 on Saturday.Griffin made 5 of 6 from the field, 5-of-7 free
    throws and finished with 15 points, 18 rebounds and four assists. Nate Pierre
    added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Wolfpack. The game served as an
    exhibition for Loyola.Griffin had a dunk and then Gray scored nine in a row to
    cap an 11-0 run that gave the Wolfpack a 57-54 lead, their first of the second
    half, withh 7:02 to play.ddddddddddddSoutherns Jared Sam made 1 of 2 free throws
    to make it 60-all with 3:15 remaining, but Gray assisted Griffin on a layup and
    then, after the Jaguars missed a 3, hit a jumper to give the Wolfpack a
    four-point lead.Sam led Southern (3-5) with 18 points and eight rebounds. The
    Jaguars made just two of their last 10 shots, going 0-for-5 on 3-pointers. ' ' '