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Rodón dominates amid trade rumours, Giants beat Cubs


SAN FRANCISCO — Carlos Rodón struck out 10 in seven dominant innings amid speculation over his possible trade, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Sunday night.

Rodón (9-6) got help from his defense early. Left fielder Luis Gonzalez reached the outside wall to trap Christopher Morel’s first drive, and center fielder Austin Slater ran grabbing Nelson Velazquez’ hard-hit ball an inning later.

Then Rodon took over. He whipped up two in the second inning, then retired the team in the third and fourth. He allowed two hits, none after the third inning. It was the 18th double-digit batting performance of his career and his sixth this season.

San Francisco scored all of its runs in the fourth inning as it rallied with two outs against starter Adrian Sampson (0-2). Eighth-place hitter Jason Vosler roped in an RBI single, followed by No. 9 hitter Austin Wynns’ loaded triple.

The Giants have won three of four games in the series, marking their eighth straight win at home against the Cubs.

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Cubs first baseman PJ Higgins slammed his right hip into the railing of an oddly shaped photo pit in foul territory chasing a foul ball in the seventh inning. He was shaken up and consulted with a team coach before staying in the game. He made a diving stop on the floor of Slater an inning later.

EXCHANGE OF GIANT ENGINEERS AND CUBS

San Francisco acquired infielder Dixon Machado from the Cubs on Sunday for right-hander Raynel Espinal.

Machado, who played 172 games for Detroit from 2015 to 2018, immediately entered the Giants’ starting lineup at shortstop. Injuries to Brandon Crawford (left knee) and Thario Estrada (concussion) have left San Francisco particularly thin at this position.

The Giants have designated right-hander Tobias Myers to clear the roster room of 30-year-old Machado.

Estrada, who had replaced Crawford, entered the seven-day disabled list after being hit by a pitch on Saturday night.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: LHP Wade Miley (shoulder) threw a bullpen mound on Sunday and could be ready to start injury rehabilitation this coming week.

Giants: Crawford, who is in his third stint on the IL this season, will likely need a short injury rehab assignment – ​​around four games – before returning to the roster.

NEXT

The Giants open a four-game series against rival Los Angeles Dodgers starting Monday at Oracle Park. Giants right-hander Logan Webb will face Dodgers left-hander Andrew Heaney.


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