Much to the Giant's dismay, Joe Panik hasn't hit a homer in the last two games.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Much to the Giant's dismay, Joe Panik hasn't hit a homer in the last two games. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Giants escape late scare to hold off Cubs

The San Francisco Giants worked around a four-run bottom of the eighth inning on Monday night to take down the Chicago Cubs, 6-4, winning for the eighth time in 10 games.

Ty Blach, who continues to shine in the place of Madison Bumgarner, produced seven-plus innings of three-run ball — with all the damage coming during the eighth-frame mini implosion.

“We won the game,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters after the triumph. “That was our goal and guys did a great job. I mean, Blach, that’s a tough night to pitch. That ball was flying out and he just did a super job. He probably got a little tired there in the eighth but he really set the tone.”

The ball was flying for both clubs, as Joe Panik hammered the sixth pitch of the night into the seats, Brandon Belt hit his team-high ninth long ball and Justin Ruggiano connected on his second shot in Orange and Black.

Blach meanwhile held the opposition to three runs or less for the fifth time in his six starts.

“That’s your goal every time as a starting pitcher is just to give the team a chance to win,” Blach said. “It was great having an early lead today. The guy’s jumped out early and it was awesome to just keep rolling and carry that momentum through the game there.”

Span out with left thumb sprain

Denard Span (left thumb sprain) was out of the lineup for Monday night’s win and is not expected to play on Tuesday either, according to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The table-setter said he has been dealing with pain in his thumb since last week but aggravated the injury during Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Span is hitting .326 in nine games since returning from the 10-day disabled list, a spurt which coincides with the club’s recent surge.
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