In the middle of a pennant race, Juan Uribe had a night he will never forget. The power hitting infielder had two home runs (one a grand slam), and knocked in six runs to lead the Giants to a 13-0 win Thursday night over the Cubs.
With San Diego's loss to the Dodgers in L.A., the Giants moved back into first place by half a game.
Uribe started off his career night by hitting a two run shot off Cubs starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning. After the team batted around, Uribe stepped up once again in the second, and hit a grand slam off reliever Thomas Diamond.
The offensive outburst staked Madison Bumgarner to a 10-0 lead after an inning and a half, and the lefty cruised from there. Bumgarner threw seven scoreless innings, to even his record at 6-6.
The win propelled the Giants out of Chicago with a series victory. They now begin a crucial weekend series in Denver against the Rockies. The top of the rotation is set up to face Colorado. Tim Lincecum starts on Friday, followed by Barry Zito on Saturday and Matt Cain on Sunday.