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  • Associated Press Giants starter Johnny Cueto pitches in the first inning of Wednesday afternoon's game against the Cubs in San Francisco. It was just Cueto's seventh start of the season.

Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:00 am

San Francisco 5 Chicago 4

Posey's hit beats Cubs in 13

JANIE McCAULEY | Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – Buster Posey would prefer not to discuss his inflamed right hip and notes that if it wasn't the reason he has to skip the All-Star Game it might still be a secret that he needs an injection once the first half wraps up this weekend.

It has affected him hitting and behind the plate.

That's what made Posey's game-ending hit all the more impressive.

Posey singled off the right-field wall with two outs in the 13th inning for his fifth career game-ending hit, sending the San Francisco Giants past the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Wednesday.

“Catchers are a whole different breed,” said rookie Dereck Rodriguez, son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez. “They get banged up back there and go like it's nothing.”

Rodriguez (4-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. He also had three of San Francisco's 16 strikeouts.

Brandon Belt drew a two-out walk from James Norwood (0-1). Andrew McCutchen then singled to bring up Posey, who ended the 4-hour, 30-minute game with San Francisco's first run since scoring four in the first.

“With two strikes, you're just kind of in battle mode,” Posey said.

Norwood worked the 12th and 13th in his majorleague debut. He immediately struck out Brandon Crawford on a 99 mph fastball.

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in his return from the disabled list, and All-Star Javier Baez tied the game with a solo homer in the seventh.

Tony Watson's scoreless streak at home ended at 202/3 innings with Baez's 18th homer – and Watson hadn't allowed a run in 18 innings overall, which had been the longest active streak in baseball.

San Francisco's Johnny Cueto struck out seven in five innings in his second start back from a lengthy trip to the disabled list with a sprained elbow. The right-hander hasn't won since April 28.

Cueto was under a careful watch in just his seventh start of 2018 because of two trips to the DL.

Bryant hit his 10th homer in the fifth after a single by Jason Heyward, who homered leading off the third.

Out since June 23 with inflammation in his left shoulder, Bryant rejoined the Cubs from his Double-A rehab assignment.

“If I can find a way to hit the ball on the fat part of the bat more often then I'll have a lot more home runs,” Bryant said. “It's as simple as that. It felt good. Unfortunately it was a tough game to lose.”