Another game, another late comeback for the Cubs.
The Cubs keep demonstrating that "it" factor, utilizing an Addison Russell broken-bat single with two outs in the seventh to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 in front of 38,536 fans on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.
Russell's 87th and 88th RBIs lifted the Cubs (86-47) to their fourth straight victory as they continued to cruise into the season's final month.
The Giants (72-61) jumped all over Mike Montgomery in the first inning with a Denard Span double and then a Hunter Pence homer smacked into the teeth of a 15 mph wind blowing in from left field.
The resilient Cubs bounced right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first off Kris Bryant's bloop single, Jason Heyward's RBI single and Chris Coghlan's run-scoring double.
Montgomery allowed solo tallies in the second and third innings, but the bullpen bailed him out and the Cubs proved they had one more late comback left in them.
Three relievers - Rob Zastryzny, Joe Smith, Carl Edwards Jr. - combined to throw five perfect innings.
It was the second time this season the Cubs bullpen had tallied at least five hitless innings (seven innings on May 30 against the Dodgers after Jason Hammel had to leave his start early due to cramping). Prior to 2016, it had been eight years since a Cubs bullpen had notched even one such dominant outing.
"Wow," was all manager Joe Maddon could muster initially after the game, marveling at the work of his bullpen. "Just a good game. ... Limited bullpen day; give the guys credit."
The Cubs were without closer Aroldis Chapman - who worked all three games of the Pirates series - and Maddon didn't want to use several other guys in the bullpen if he didn't have to.
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"Most of your normal guys are out - to have those kinds of moments, they're all going to grow for it," Maddon said. "It makes us thicker down the stretch here. You're able to spread the work out, keep guys fresh.
"Chapman, [Justin Grimm], [Trevor] Cahill, [Travis] Wood - nobody lifted their arm. It was great."
That left Zastryzny to halt the Giants in the fifth and sixth innings, running his ERA down to 0.87 to start his MLB career.
Smith was activated off the disabled list Thursday and picked up his first win in a Cubs uniform with three strikeouts amidst two perfect innings.
And then Edwards notched his first big-league save in the ninth.
"Not gonna lie, I was nervous," Edwards said. "I felt good. My main goal was just to get first-pitch strikes.
"My attitude pretty much stayed the same. I didn't really try to do too much. Just stay on the path that I've been on, going after guys, pitching with confidence and conviction."
"I just loved his focus," Maddon said. "The head down, pull up, see the target, throw a baseball. It was great."