Baez homers in 8th; Lester bests Cueto

Baltimore Sun - - MLB PLAYOFFS - By Jay Co­hen

CHICAGO — Jon Lester out­pitched Johnny Cueto with eight sparkling in­nings, Javier Baez home­red in the eighth and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Fran­cisco Giants, 1-0, in a tense Game 1 of their NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries on Fri­day Game 1: Cubs 1-0 Game 2: 8 p.m. Satur­day Giants (Sa­mardz­ija 12-11) at Cubs (Hen­dricks 16-8), MLB

9:30 p.m. Monday Cubs (Ar­ri­eta 18-8) at Giants (Bum­gar­ner 15-9), FS1 Game 4: 8:30 p.m. Tues­day* Cubs (Lackey 11-8) at Giants (Moore 13-12), FS1

8:30 p.m. Thur.* Giants (Cueto 18-5) at Cubs (Lester 19-5), FS1 x-if nec­es­sary night.

Lester re­tired his last 13 bat­ters in a dom­i­nant per­for­mance, but the game was score­less when Baez sent An­gel Pa­gan scram­bling to the left-field wall with a tow­er­ing drive.

With a rau­cous crowd of 42,148 and ev­ery player anx­iously track­ing the flight of the ball, Pa­gan ran out of room as it landed in the bas­ket that tops the ivy-cov­ered walls at Wrigley Field.

Aroldis Chap­man gave up Buster Posey’s two-out dou­ble off the ivy in the ninth be­fore Hunter Pence bounced to sec­ond for the fi­nal out, wrap­ping a bow on Chicago’s first mean­ing­ful game in weeks.


GIANTS VS. CUBS Game 3: Game 5: Cubs sec­ond base­man Javier Baez cel­e­brates af­ter home­r­ing to left field off Giants starter Johnny Cueto with one out in the eighth in­ning for the only run of the game.

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