Cubs ride Kyle Hendricks' strong start to a 1-0 win over the Giants, their 5th straight victory

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs extended their winning streak to five games Thursday and remained in sole possession of first place in the National League Central, holding on for a 1-0 victory against the Giants at Wrigley Field.

Kyle Hendricks limited the Giants to three hits in seven innings as the Cubs improved to 44-19 at home. Hendricks' 1.79 ERA in 11 home starts in third-lowest in the majors, trailing only the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu (0.81) and the Nationals' Patrick Corbin (1.76).

Hendricks struck out seven without issuing a walk. He has walked two batters or fewer in 23 consecutive starts, the longest single-season stretch by a Cubs starter since Scott Sanderson accomplished the feat in all 24 of his starts in 1984.

The Cubs survived a close call with two outs in the eighth when Brandon Crawford ripped a pitch to right that caromed off the wall for a triple.

Kyle Ryan replaced Brandon Kintzler and froze pinch hitter Austin Slater on a called third strike. Rowan Wick retired the final two batters to earn his second save.

Former Cub Jeff Samardzija matched Hendricks, allowing only two hits in seven innings. But he was victimized by the elements in the fourth.

Jason Heyward hit a high fly to center, where usually dependable Kevin Pillar raised his glove to shield the sun, only for the wind to drift the ball in front of Pillar for a single.


Castellanos then hit a grounder to shortstop on a hit-and-run, and three-time Gold Glove winner Brandon Crawford bobbled the ball for an error.

Kris Bryant grounded into a double play, but Rizzo came through with a hard single up the middle to score Heyward with the game's lone run.

The Cubs open a three-game series against the Nationals on Friday at Wrigley.

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