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Thursday, August 21 (All times Eastern)

San Francisco Giants (66-58) at Chicago Cubs (54-71), 5:05 p.m. & 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 3.14) Chicago - Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants apparently doth not protest too much.

The Giants became the first team in 28 years to win a protest claim and can suddenly turn a split series into a sweep when they visit Wrigley Field on Thursday, for the completion of game one and then the regularly scheduled final game of a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

San Francisco was saddled with a 2-0 loss in Tuesday's opener after a rain delay of more than 4 hours ultimately led to the game being called in the home half of the fifth inning. The grounds crew was unable to get the tarp down quickly, which ultimately led to field conditions being deemed unplayable.

Major League Baseball ruled that the tarp hadn't been stored properly after a previous use, calling it a "malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club."

"We appreciate Major League Baseball's careful review of our protest," Giants President Larry Baer said.

Game one will resume at 5:10 p.m., with Chicago's Jacob Turner and San Francisco's Yusmeiro Petit on the mound.

Chicago's management, too, agreed with the decision.

"The last thing you want is a playoff team feeling bitter about the result here," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "And obviously it was caused by our organization. It's a good outcome. Hopefully we win the game. We have a 2-0 lead and pick it up from there."

The Giants won game two, 8-3, on Wednesday night and will send Madison Bumgarner to the mound for the finale with a chance to continue a superb 2014 on the road.

He's 9-3 in 14 starts away from home this season with a stingy 1.72 earned run average that's second-best in the majors -- trailing only Adam Wainwright from St. Louis.

Bumgarner has allowed four earned runs in 15 innings in his last two starts, which have nonetheless yielded no better than a loss and a no-decision.

He's 2-2 in his career at Wrigley Field.

Chicago goes with lefty Travis Wood, who's gone more than two months without a victory -- a stretch of 11 starts that have yielded five losses and a 5.40 ERA.

He gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings of a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field on Friday, and is winless in his last seven starts at home with an 0-2 record and a 4.81 ERA.

Wood is 1-2 in five career starts against San Francisco.

08/21 10:20:42 ET

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