CHICAGO – The Giants have spent the past six weeks looking like the antithesis of a playoff team.

But hand the ball to Madison Bumgarner in the September sunshine, then play with some opportunistic aggression behind him, and you begin to see the possibilities take shape.

Bumgarner shined in what could be a Game 1 matchup in another month.

He struck out 10 in six innings to outduel defending NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, the Giants hustled to support him, and their bullpen made the pitches under duress to protect a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

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