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Peavy pitches Giants past Cubs

CHICAGO — Jake Peavy pitched seven solid innings in his fifth start with San Francisco, and the Giants rolled past the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday, hours after they won a protest regarding a rain-shortened loss from the night before.

Hunter Pence and Andrew Susac homered, and Travis Ishikawa drove in three runs with a pair of doubles among three hits to help the Giants strengthen their hold on an NL wild card spot.

Peavy (2-3) has won two straight after losing his first three starts with San Francisco following a July 26 trade from Boston where he was 1-9.

He allowed 10 hits, struck out eight and walked none. Chris Valaika’s two-run homer in the second inning accounted for the only runs against him.

The Cubs’ Luis Valbuena added a solo homer and a triple in going 3-for-4.

Struggling starter Edwin Jackson (6-14) was hit hard in just 22⁄3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed seven runs, eight hits and two walks. Jackson has lost seven of eight decisions.

Before the game, the Giants won their protest filed with Major League Baseball over Tuesday night’s rain-shortened loss that was called in the fifth inning.

A problem in getting the tarp onto the field caused unplayable conditions, and the game was ruled a 2-0 Cubs win after a delay of over four hours.

MLB ruled the tarp hadn’t been properly put away after its previous use, and therefore there was a “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club.”

MLB said this was the first successful protest since 1986.

The suspended game will be completed today before the regularly scheduled game between the teams. The suspended game will resume with the Cubs batting in the bottom of the 5th inning and leading 2-0.

San Francisco's Jake Peavy delivers a pitch during Wednesday's win over the Chicago Cubs. AP PHOTO