07/22 21:54 CDT Rizzo hits 2 homers as Cubs beat Padres 6-0
Rizzo hits 2 homers as Cubs beat Padres 6-0
CHICAGO (AP) --- Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and Kyle Hendricks pitched
seven innings in his return from the minor leagues on Tuesday night, leading
the Chicago Cubs to a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres that snapped their
five-game losing streak.
Rizzo staked Hendricks to a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a solo homer.
Four innings later, rookie Arismendy Alcantara and Rizzo hit back-to-back
homers off Blaine Boyer for a 5-0 lead. Rizzo became the first National League
player to reach 25 homers this season, his career high. He hit 23 homers in 160
games last season.
Emilio Bonifacio, Wellington Castillo and Justin Ruggiano had two hits apiece
for the Cubs.
Recalled from Triple-A Iowa earlier Tuesday, Hendricks (1-0) made short work of
an anemic Padres lineup that entered the game with a total of 29 home runs and
103 RBIs. In his second start of the season, the right-hander allowed five hits
and threw only 83 pitches. He walked three and struck out five.
The Padres had two runners on base in the first, third and fifth innings, but
the Cubs turned two of their season-high four double plays to erase the last
Eric Stults (3-12) took the loss, the ninth in his last 10 decisions. He gave
up three runs and six hits and walked three in five innings.
In his first appearance since June 13, when he went on the disabled list
because of a strained right oblique, Bonifacio set the tone in the first
inning. He led off with a double and later scored on Ruggiano's short fly ball.
NOTES: San Diego rookie 1B Blake Goebbert played his first major league game at
Wrigley Field, less than 10 miles from Northwestern, where he was a two-sport
star. His family owns a pumpkin patch northwest of Chicago. ... San Diego RHP
Odrisamer Despaigne had his next start pushed back one day to Saturday as a
precautionary measure. In his last assignment on Sunday, the rookie took a
no-hitter into the eighth inning. ... Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (wrist), SS
Everth Cabrera (hamstring) and 2B Jedd Gyorko (foot) continued to make
progress, but there was no timetable for their returns. ... Chicago LHP
Tsuyoshi Wada will be activated and start the second game of the series on
Wednesday night. ... General manager Jed Hoyer indicated that Alcantara will
continue play regularly down the stretch. Veteran 2B Darwin Barney was
designated for assignment before the game. ... The Cubs will play 22 of their
next 32 games at home, where their 43 games are the fewest of any major league
team to date.