Lester, Baez Help Cubs Blank Giants 1-0 in NLDS Opener

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Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on October 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on October 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester outpitched Johnny Cueto with eight sparkling innings, Javier Baez homered in the eighth and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in a tense Game 1 of their NL Division Series on Friday night.

Lester retired his last 13 batters in a dominant performance, but the game was scoreless when Baez sent Angel Pagan scrambling to the left-field wall with a towering drive. With a raucous crowd of 42,148 and every player anxiously tracking the flight of the ball, Pagan ran out of room as it landed in the basket that tops the ivy-covered walls at Wrigley Field.

Aroldis Chapman gave up Buster Posey’s two-out double off the ivy in the ninth before Hunter Pence bounced to second for the final out, wrapping a bow on Chicago’s first meaningful game in weeks.