SAN DIEGO -- Adam Eaton rounded second base and saw the ball still rolling around in the left-field corner, so he barreled toward third.
One headfirst slide later, the pitcher had his first career triple. He had a good night on the mound, too, winning his career-best seventh straight decision as the San Diego Padres beat Chicago 6-2 on Friday night, snapping the Cubs' seven-game winning streak.
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said he was nervous watching the right-hander being so aggressive.
"I'm a little nervous as well," Eaton said. "Obviously, I'm not as fast as I used to be, but the ball kept rolling out there in left field. I decided to go and I ended up being safe."
Eaton finished with two hits and two runs.
"That's the way he plays," Bochy said. "He likes to use his legs and take an extra base. He's a good baserunner."
The NL West-leading Padres rebounded after losing consecutive games at home for the first time this season. Chicago's six-game road winning streak ended.
Cubs right-hander Sergio Mitre (0-1), who went to San Diego City College a few blocks away, was chased in the fifth, when he allowed four runs.
Eaton (8-1) has seven wins and two no-decisions in his last nine starts. The right-hander hasn't lost since April 16 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked three.
Akinori Otsuka entered with the bases loaded in the eighth and got four outs for his first save.
Eaton was happier with the way he pitched than with the way he ran the bases.
"The bullpen's been used up the last few days. It seems like they have some weary arms down there, and I was happy to get through seven innings," he said.
Still, his triple was the highlight.
Eaton singled and scored in the fifth, then tripled with one out in the sixth, sliding in ahead of the throw from Hollandsworth.
"I grew up playing the game like any other kid, sliding headfirst and being creative trying to avoid tags," Eaton said. "If you try to play the game conservatively, you're doing yourself and your team an injustice. You've got to go out there and do your best at all times, and make them stop you. I was fortunate enough to be safe."
Eaton was so winded he didn't have the legs to score on Dave Roberts' fly ball to left.
"My right leg pretty much gave way when I tried to go home," he said.
He scored on Geoff Blum's single to right-center to make it 6-2.
"He's been tough on us," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "But he's been tough on a lot of people. He beat us with his arm and his bat. It was Eaton's night tonight."
A throwing error by shortstop Neifi Perez on a potential inning-ending double play led to four runs with two outs in the fifth. The runs were earned because the official scorer can't assume a double play.
Eaton singled with one out and Roberts beat out a bunt after Lee, the first baseman, fell down retreating to cover the bag. Lee fielded Blum's grounder and forced Roberts at second, but Perez's throw back to first sailed wide, allowing Eaton to score and putting Blum on second.
Consecutive walks to Ryan Klesko and Brian Giles loaded the bases before Phil Nevin hit a two-run single to chase Mitre. Roberto Novoa came on and allowed Ramon Hernandez's second RBI single to make it 5-2.
Michael Barrett hit a two-run single for the Cubs in the second, and Hernandez had an RBI single in the fourth.
Mitre allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking three.
- Bochy said there was just a 50-50 chance that ace Jake Peavy will make his scheduled start Sunday against Carlos Zambrano. Trainer Jim Daniel said Peavy has a bacterial infection and is on antibiotics. Peavy was at the ballpark before Friday night's game, but he took his medication and went home. If he can't start Sunday, RHP Woody Williams will come off the DL and start. ... Lee made his first out in 11 plate appearances when he grounded to third in the first inning. ... After missing eight straight starts with a strained left quadriceps, Padres 3B Sean Burroughs was back in the lineup. ... Perez singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.