San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Will Venable drove in three runs, including
the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, to lift the San
Diego Padres to an 8-6 win over the Chicago Cubs, in the opener of a three-
game series at Petco Park.
With one out in the seventh, Venable clubbed a 1-0 pitch off James Russell
(1-5) over the right field wall to give the Padres the lead for good.
Nick Vincent (3-1) gave up a bunt single in the seventh to pick up the win
while Huston Street threw a scoreless ninth to notch his 25th save.
Jedd Gyorko hit two home runs and had four RBI for the Padres, who rebounded
from an early 6-0 hole.
Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run home run while Brian Bogusevic drove
in two runs for the Cubs, who have lost four straight and 10 of their last 12
The Cubs took it to Padres starter Edinson Volquez immediately in the first.
Starlin Castro reached first on a throwing error by Chase Headley. Anthony
Rizzo and Dioner Navarro hit back-to-back singles, the latter of which drove
in a run, and Schierholtz knocked a three-run shot.
Junior Lake followed with an infield single and Donnie Murphy was hit by a
pitch before Bogusevic delivered a two-RBI triple to right center that created
a six-run advantage.
Volquez retired Cubs starter Edwin Jackson and Castro before walking Rizzo.
After 42 pitches and just two outs, Volquez was replaced by Tim Stauffer. It
was the shortest start of his career since Aug. 23, 2010.
San Diego got on the board in the fourth. Venable led off with a base hit to
center and Yonder Alonso hit an infield single two batters later. Gyorko's
home run to center cut the deficit to 6-3.
An inning later, with one out and runners on second and third, Venable drove
in both with a triple to right center.
In the sixth, Headley hit a one-out double to left center and scored on Logan
Forsythe's RBI triple to right center, tying the game at 6-6.
Gyorko solo shot to right in the eighth accounted for the final margin.
Jackson gave up six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits over six-plus innings
... Schierholtz has four home runs and 14 RBI over his last 10 games ...
Venable is 17-for-44 with three home runs, eight RBI and 10 runs scored over
his last 10 games ... Street has converted 10 straight save opportunities and
made 16 consecutive scoreless appearances.
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