- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner made sure the San Francisco Giants finished their long and strange series with Chicago Cubs on a winning note.

Bumgarner pitched seven strong innings and Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer as the San Francisco Giants topped the Chicago Cubs for a 5-3 victory on Thursday night.

“He’s as mentally tough as you get,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy about his young pitcher. “He’s got a knack for making pitches when he has to.”

Pablo Sandoval added three hits and two RBIs as the Giants rebounded from a 2-1 loss earlier in the day in the resumption of their suspended game in the series opener.

Bumgarner (14-9) struck out 12 in seven innings. He allowed three runs and seven hits.

Bumgarner finished his strong outing by striking out touted Cubs prospect Javier Baez with two out and two runners in scoring position in the seventh.

“It was a really gutty effort that last inning,” Bochy said. “He’s our guy, and he got a big strikeout there.”

Baez struck out four times on the night. Through 71 big league at-bats, he has struck out 31 times.

The long day started with a rain delay of 1 hour, 57 minutes, and then the Cubs and Giants played the final 4 1/2 innings of a game the Cubs thought they had won 2-0 on Tuesday night.

A short rainstorm caused a delay of more than 4 1/2 hours after the grounds crew struggled with the tarp. The umpires said the field was unplayable and called it at 1:16 a.m.

But the Giants protested, and Major League Baseball ruled that the tarp had not been properly put away after its previous use. The game was suspended.

“It was a little bit of a strange one with the suspended game today,” said Bochy, who heavily criticized the initial ruling Tuesday night. “You know, they got it right.”

It was the first successful protest in MLB since 1986.

Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer from Tuesday held up for Chicago in the early game. Joe Panik had an RBI single in the sixth to pull the Giants to 2-1, but Pedro Strop worked the eighth and Hector Rondon picked up his 19th save in 23 opportunities.

Tuesday’s starters proved to be the pitchers of record. Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1) earned the victory for the Cubs, while Ryan Vogelsong (7-9) took the loss.

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