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Cubs early homers put streaking Giants run on hold 4-1

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Home runs by Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. set the tone for an off day for Tyler Beede and the Giants Wednesday afternoon as the Chicago Cubs salvaged the final game of their three game series with a 4-1 win at Oracle Park. Cubs scheduled starter Jon Lester was a …

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Longo’s blast and Samardzija’s arm carry Giants past Cards 1-0

BY RICK PORCARO Evan Longoria’s seventh-inning solo home run briefly interrupted a pitchers duel, breaking up Jack Flaherty‘s no-hit bid in the process, giving the Giants all the offense they would need to reach the All-Star break on a high note with a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. …

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Semien’s slam seals series win against Twins 7-2

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Marcus Semien’s eighth inning grand slam broke open a close game Thursday afternoon, leading the A’s to a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in an Independence Day matinee at the Coliseum. Semien, who also hit a solo home run leading off the fifth, blasted the first pitch …

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