The Chicago Cubs haven't exactly been tearing the cover off the ball, but they have a chance to win their fourth consecutive series when they visit the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon for the rubber match of their three-game set. The Cubs produced only four hits in their series-opening 2-1 loss and managed only six in the middle contest but came away with a 2-0 victory.

Victor Caratini recorded an RBI double for Chicago and David Bote went 2-for-2, giving him hits in four of his last five games. San Francisco registered only three singles in Tuesday's loss, which dropped it to 3-3 on its 10-game homestand. Brandon Belt recorded one of them, making him 8-for-15 during his four-game hitting streak. Chase d'Arnaud also singled for the Giants as he made his first start since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

TV: 3:45 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NBCS Chicago, NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Mike Montgomery (3-3, 3.68 ERA) vs. Giants RH Johnny Cueto (3-1, 1.95)

Montgomery is coming off a loss to Cincinnati on Friday in which he yielded three runs and six hits in five innings. It was the second straight five-frame outing for the 29-year-old Californian after five consecutive turns in which he worked six innings - four of which saw him allow just one run. Montgomery is 0-1 with a 3.78 ERA in two starts and two relief appearances against San Francisco in his career.

Cueto's return from the disabled list did not go as planned as he suffered the loss against St. Louis on Thursday after surrendering five runs and 10 hits in five innings. It was the first outing since April 28 for the 32-year-old Dominican, who missed over two months with elbow inflammation after allowing three runs over 32 frames in his first five turns of the season. Cueto has made 25 career starts versus the Cubs, going 9-9 with one complete game and a 3.35 ERA.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cubs 3B Kris Bryant (shoulder) went 0-for-2 in the second game of his rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee and could be activated from the disabled list and in the lineup on Wednesday.

2. San Francisco 3B Pablo Sandoval was hitless on Wednesday after going 5-for-10 over his previous two contests.

3. Chicago sent LHP Brian Duensing (shoulder) on a rehab assignment to Tennessee.

PREDICTION: Giants 5, Cubs 2

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Team Name

AWAY
Randy Rosario Pitching order:2
Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Reliever (RP)
Pedro Strop Pitching order:3
Batting order:9 Slot:5
Position: Reliever (RP)
Justin Wilson Pitching order:4
Batting order:9 Slot:6
Position: Reliever (RP)
Luke Farrell Pitching order:5
Batting order:6 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Brandon Morrow Pitching order:6
Batting order:6 Slot:3
Position: Reliever (RP)
James Norwood Pitching order:7
Batting order:8 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Mike Montgomery Pitching order:1
Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Starter (SP)
Kyle Schwarber Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Victor Caratini Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Javier Baez Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Willson Contreras Batting order:6 Slot:4
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
2nd Position: (C)
Albert Almora Jr. Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Ian Happ Batting order:9 Slot:4
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Jason Heyward Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Ben Zobrist Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
2nd Position: (LF)
Kris Bryant Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
2nd Position: (RF)
Tommy La Stella Batting order:9 Slot:7
Position: Third Base (3B)
Addison Russell Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Anthony Rizzo Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)

Team Name

HOME
Ty Blach Pitching order:2
Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Reyes Moronta Pitching order:3
Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Reliever (RP)
Tony Watson Pitching order:4
Batting order:9 Slot:5
Position: Reliever (RP)
Mark Melancon Pitching order:5
Batting order:9 Slot:6
Position: Reliever (RP)
Will Smith Pitching order:6
Batting order:9 Slot:8
Position: Reliever (RP)
Dereck Rodriguez Pitching order:7
Batting order:9 Slot:10
Position: Reliever (RP)
Johnny Cueto Pitching order:1
Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Starter (SP)
Gorkys Hernandez Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Buster Posey Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Alen Hanson Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Hunter Pence Batting order:9 Slot:4
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Austin Slater Batting order:9 Slot:7
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Pablo Sandoval Batting order:9 Slot:9
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Steven Duggar Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Andrew McCutchen Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Chase d'Arnaud Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Brandon Crawford Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Brandon Belt Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)

POINT SPREAD Odds 1:50am

904
903
(+1.5) -220
(-1.5) +180

OVER UNDER Odds 1:51am

904
903
O
U
(+8) -105
-115

MONEY LINE Odds 1:50am

904
903
-109
-101

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