Schwarber homers in 2nd straight game, Cubs beat Giants 5-4

Aug 6, 2015 11:49 PM by Ross Field

CHICAGO (AP) - Rookie bopper Kyle Schwarber homered in his second consecutive game and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Thursday night.

The Cubs, playing meaningful baseball in August for the first time in years, won for the seventh time in eight games. They also moved a half-game ahead of the Giants in the race for the second NL wild card.

Jorge Soler drove in the game's first two runs with a bases-loaded single in the first inning, and Schwarber made it 5-0 with a three-run drive off Chris Heston (11-6) in the second. But instead of an easy win, the Cubs had to hang on.

San Francisco's Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer off Jason Hammel in the fourth and Brandon Crawford added another one off Tommy Hunter in the sixth to make it 5-4.

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