CHICAGO — Rookie Kyle Schwarber continued his surge with two hits and two RBIs to back Jon Lester, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 for their eighth win in nine games Friday.
Schwarber, who homered the previous two games, also scored two runs to help put the Cubs 1 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco for the second wild card. They also moved 12 games over .500 for the first time since the 2008 NL Central championship season.
Schwarber doubled and scored in the first, then drove in two and came around in the fifth. The Cubs scored five in that inning to break open a 1-1 game.
Dexter Fowler homered and had three of Chicago's 12 hits.
Jorge Soler chipped in with a single and two-run double. Chris Coghlan added a pair of singles and an RBI, and Hector Rondon worked the final 1 2-3 innings for his 18th save in 21 chances.