SAN FRANCISCO --The Chicago Cubs lost to the San Francisco Giants 6-5 after a wild 13-inning game, though they still lead the National League Division Series two games to one.
In Wrigleyville fans were hopeful Monday night.
"It's they're year. We're going to take it," Cindy Tarnowske said. "We went to the home opener, had a great time and ever since that point we knew it was going to be a great season."
"I'd like to see the Cubs hitters blast them away, come home, get a few days rest and let's move on with this," said Steven Strauss, owner of Sluggers Bar & Grill.
"They play to win and, I don't know, to me, I've seen a lot of Cubs teams come and go and I've seen a lot fail. And had my heart broken time and time again; 2003, '84, '89, I'll keep going. Long story short of it, I've never seen something like I see here. The energy is real," said fan Ryan Rauscher.
Even though the Cubs are playing away in San Francisco, Chicago police have parking bans in effect for all possible clinch games along Clark between Grace and Aldine and along Addison from Racine to Halsted.
Joe Panik doubled off the wall in right-center field to drive in Brandon Crawford with the winning run in the 13th inning, and the San Francisco Giants staved off elimination yet again by outlasting the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Monday night in Game 3 of their NL Division Series.
San Francisco won its 10th straight game when facing postseason elimination.
Panik came through against Mike Montgomery, who was pitching his fifth inning of relief.
The tough-to-eliminate Giants forced Tuesday night's Game 4 back at their raucous, sold-out ballpark, postponing a potential Cubs clinch party. Chicago leads the best-of-five playoff 2-1 and will send John Lackey to the mound opposite lefty Matt Moore.
Kris Bryant hit a tying, two-run homer off Sergio Romo in the ninth inning, Albert Almora Jr. made a game-saving catch moments later and the Chicago Cubs were tied 5-5 with the San Francisco Giants after 11 innings.
Chicago starter Jake Arrieta hit a three-run homer in the second inning, the first by a pitcher off Madison Bumgarner in his seven-year big league career.
That ended Bumgarner's postseason scoreless streak at 24 innings. The left-hander had also thrown 24 straight shutout innings with the Giants facing postseason elimination, a separate string that was snapped as well.
Buster Posey hit an RBI single for the Giants in the third and Brandon Belt had a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman relieved with two on in the eighth, trying for the second six-out save of his career, and wild-card star Conor Gillaspie tripled to give San Francisco a 4-3 lead.
Brandon Crawford added an RBI single, but Bryant's home run off the top of the left-field fence tied the score in the ninth.
Almora made a diving grab in deep right field on Posey's sinking liner in the bottom half and doubled up Belt at first base for an inning-ending double play.
WLS-TV contributed to this report.