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Baez and Arrieta help Cubs beat Giants 5-3
Tuesday Aug 08, 2017 12:00am

Baez and Arrieta help Cubs beat Giants 5-3
(SAN FRANCISCO) - As his teammates went crazy celebrating, Javier Baez needed a couple of minutes just to catch his breath after running like mad around the bases. Baez hit an inside-the-park homer to back Jake Arrieta's 11th win and Chicago beat the Giants 5-3 on Monday night in the champion Cubs' first visit to AT&T Park since rallying to eliminate San Francisco in Game 4 of the NL Division Series last October. Baez's 16th homer took a tricky bounce off the low wall in right-center and deflected past oncoming right fielder Carlos Moncrief nearly 100 feet back in the direction of the corner in right. Moncrief eventually chased down the ball and Baez used a headfirst slide to beat a pretty one-hop throw home and catcher Buster Posey's tag attempt. The NL Central leaders moved 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Milwaukee, which lost 5-4 at Minnesota. San Francisco rookie Ryder Jones hit his first career home run with a two-run shot in the sixth off Arrieta (11-8). Arrieta hardly felt his best physically, but still struck out five and didn't walk a batter in 6 1/3 innings. The nine hits he surrendered matched his second-highest total of the year. Wade Davis got three outs for his 24th save in 24 tries. It was Baez's first career inside-the-park homer, and the first by a Cubs player since Anthony Rizzo on June 29 of last season at Cincinnati.

OTHER N.L. SCORES
Washington 3 – Miami 2
Cincinnati 11 – San Diego 3

MONDAY A.L. SCORES
Baltimore 6 – LA Angels 2

Javier Baez beats the tag of Buster Posey and is safe on a two run, inside the park home run for the Chicago Cubs (photo courtesy of Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
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