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CWS@SF: Vogelsong fans five on three hits over seven

Ryan Vogelsong will get the start as the Giants begin a six-game road trip against the Cubs on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

That Vogelsong is starting on the road could benefit the Giants, who have lost his last seven home starts dating to May 24. They've won each of his last three road starts, though.

The 37-year-old right-hander pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits in the Giants' loss to the White Sox last Tuesday.

"If we keep playing hard ... things are going to be all right," Vogelsong said. "We have to keep showing resilience."

Vogelsong is 3-3 in nine career appearances (six starts) at Wrigley Field and 5-5 in 16 appearances (10 starts) against the Cubs overall. The Giants are coming off a series victory over the Phillies.

Tsuyoshi Wada takes the ball for the Cubs in what will be his seventh start this season. Wada picked up his second straight win with a quality start vs. the Brewers last Wednesday. The lefty has developed a two-seam fastball that has a lot of deception, but he did serve up two home runs. He's 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four starts.

"He was very strong in his execution and made his pitches," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "He seems to have some deception. His fastball plays 88, 89 [mph] on the board, but to the hitter, he's throwing balls that are getting by very good hitters. The deception factor he has is very important."

Wada is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA.

Cubs: Baez learning offensive intricacies
In Javier Baez's first 12 games in the big leagues, he struck out 20 times, had 13 hits, including four home runs, and zero walks. That changed on Sunday when the hard-swinging Cubs rookie drew two walks against the Mets.

In Monday's 4-1 win at Citi Field, Baez belted a two-run homer into the second deck for a pair of insurance runs.

"I think that was a byproduct of the process of his at-bats," Renteria said before Monday's game. "He was staying to his strengths, seeing the ball in his zone and not being too over anxious.

"Over the long haul, he understands that if he's swinging at pitches that are really unhandable, they're going to keep [throwing them], for sure. He's 21 years old. He's learning."

At Triple-A Iowa, Baez batted .260 with 34 walks and 130 strikeouts. His .323 on-base percentage and .510 slugging percentage were good for an .833 OPS.

Giants: Morse' confidence returns
Outfielder Michael Morse went 3-for-3 with three singles before he was pulled for defensive purposes in the sixth against the Phillies on Sunday, but he finished the recent homestand 9-for-14 with a home run, triple, two doubles and four RBIs.

"I'm getting hits," Morse quipped when asked what's been different. "I'm trying to just get my pitch to hit and put it in play."

Worth noting
• Sergio Romo on Saturday earned his first save since losing the Giants' closer's role in a 6-5 victory over the Phillies.

• The Cubs recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-handed pitcher Dan Straily ahead of Sunday's win over the Mets. Szczur went 0-for-3 in his first start on Monday.

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