The NL West-leading Giants went 10-1 at Pac Bell Park to increase their division lead to a comfortable 11 games over Arizona.
San Francisco got stellar pitching efforts as it allowed just 25 runs over the 12 games.
“I know we’re getting some pretty good pitching right now,” manager Felipe Alou said. “The guys came back hungry, and we had a good homestand.”
It was the winningest homestand since 1989 for the Giants.
“It’s a return from the grave,” Alou said. “I heard that this club was flat last year. I wasn’t here, but I heard a couple of people say that. I have not seen the guys flat all year or in spring training.”
Chicago has dropped four of its last six games, but took two of three from the NL Central-leading Houston Astros over the weekend.
“The pressure was to go out and have a good outing more than anything,” said Cubs left-hander Shawn Estes, who won Sunday for the first time since June 10. “It’s a big game. The Astros are the team to beat in our division right now and we won two out of three here. This was a big series for us.”
Newly acquired outfielder Kenny Lofton finally produced for the Cubs, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base in Sunday’s 5-3 win. He was hitting just .059 in his four previous games with Chicago.
“That was vintage Kenny Lofton out there today,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. “We know what he can do. We know he’s the guy that can drive in some runs for us. He runs the bases well and plays outstanding defense.”
STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Cubs - 3rd place, 4 1/2 GB, NL Central.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Damian Moss (9-6, 4.75 ERA). Moss has won his last two starts. He allowed six hits and one run in Tuesday’s win over the Diamondbacks. He is 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his career against the Cubs. The left-hander allowed one run and eight hits in six innings on May 1 against Chicago.
CUBS PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Clement (7-9, 4.37 ERA). Clement has pitched well in his last six starts, but has just two wins to show for it. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs and has lasted at least six innings in each of those outings. The right-hander lost to San Francisco 5-0 on April 30, allowing five runs in six innings.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Barry Bonds, .331 avg., 33 HRs, 68 RBIs and 78 runs; Marquis Grissom, 9 SBs. Cubs - Mark Grudzielanek, .305 avg.; Sammy Sosa, 22 HRs; Aramis Ramirez, 67 RBIs; Lofton, 60 runs and 20 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Cubs, 2-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - OF Bonds, who is 6-for-14 with three homers in his career against Clement, is scheduled to make the road trip, though Alou said things could change day-to-day depending on the condition of Bonds’ father, Bobby Bonds, who underwent open heart surgery Friday and also has lung cancer. … 1B J.T. Snow was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a left groin problem. Alou said there’s been no talk about placing him on the disabled list. Snow spent the last part of June on the DL with a similar injury. … The Giants won 10 of 12 games during a homestand from June 9-21, 1989. Cubs - OF Sosa went 1-for-11 in the series against the Astros, but the one hit was his 521st home run, tying him for 12th all-time. … RHP Clement is 2-4 with a 6.97 ERA in his career against the Giants. … RHP Mark Prior, sidelined with a sore shoulder, is eligble to come off the DL, but most likely won’t be activated until next week.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 30-22 on the road; Cubs - 24-27 at home.
INJURIES: Giants - C Benito Santiago (finger), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Chad Zerbe (oblique), 15-day DL; 1B Snow (groin), day-to-day. Cubs - OF Tom Goodwin (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Prior (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Chiasson (elbow), 60-day DL; LHP Will Ohman (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Corey Patterson (knee), 60-day DL.