Kris Bryant's 2-run homer in the 8th gives Cubs a wild 12-11 win over GiantsAugust 22, 2019 4:16am

Aug. 21-- CHICAGO-Nicholas Castellanos produced the first four-hit game of his short but impressive Cubs tenure.

And after Castellanos led off the eighth with an infield single, Kris Bryant made sure to capitalize.

Bryant's two-run home run vaulted the Cubs to a zany 12-11 victory Wednesday night over the Giants that extended their winning streak to four games.

Bryant's homer off reliever Reyes Moronta was his 26th of the season and capped a wild game that saw five lead changes.

Bryant's homer also saved the Cubs (68-58) plenty of embarrassment after they blew a 6-2 lead after three innings.

For the second time this season, the Giants took advantage of Yu Darvish's finesse pitching to pound him for four home runs.

Many Twitter zealots pointed out this was the fifth consecutive start Darvish didn't walk a batter while striking out at least eight. But Giants hitters have been very comfortable against Darvish, who has allowed 11 runs on 13 hits, including five home runs, in 11 1/3 innings covering two starts against them.

Evan Longoria launched a two-run homer in the first off Darvish, who settled down and retired 12 consecutive batters before Brandon Crawford doubled in the fifth.

One out later, Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run opposite-field shot to left to cut the Cubs' lead to 6-4.

But that wasn't Darvish's biggest miscue. With one out in the sixth, Darvish induced Corey Dickerson to hit a grounder to first but couldn't catch the throw from Anthony Rizzo for an error.

Steven Vogt followed with a towering home run, and Kevin Pillar lined a pitch into the left-field seats to tie the score at 7.

Derek Holland replaced Darvish and fared worse immediately. The first four batters he faced reached safely to give the Giants a 9-7 lead.

Tyler Chatwood started the seventh with a 10-9 lead that dissolved quickly after he failed to retire the first three batters, capped by Vogt's RBI single. Steve Cishek replaced Chatwood and allowed a sacrifice fly by Brandon Belt that put the Giants back up 11-10.

Darvish helped his cause at the plate in the second when he pulled the bat back after squaring to bunt and poked a single to score Ian Happ for a 3-2 lead.

Castellanos sparked the offense again by hitting a two-run homer, the third consecutive game in which he has homered in the first. He's batting .392 since joining the Cubs.

Kyle Schwarber hit his 29th homer in the third off Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez to extend the Cubs' lead to 6-2, and Victor Caratini's two-out single in the fifth gave Darvish a 7-4 cushion heading into the sixth.

Craig Kimbrel, pitching for the second consecutive night, earned his 11th save.


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