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CHICAGO -- Geoff Blum stepped to the plate in the 14th inning, and delivered another big hit.
This time, the stakes were a little lower. It was a regular-season game -- not the World Series. And the winning shot stayed in the ballpark.
"I knew I wasn't going to repeat the World Series thing, not with that wind like that," he said.
That "World Series thing" happened in 2005, when Blum hit the go-ahead solo homer in the 14th inning of Game 3 for the Chicago White Sox.
"Luckily, I just found a hole," he said. "Right place at the right time. You wait that long and good things happen."
He allowed a three-run homer to Marcus Giles in Monday's 12-4 win, and he walked in two runs in a 6-5 loss to Cincinnati last week.
"It's the law of averages," Ohman said. "Two, three bad ones in a row -- it'll even out."
He said Blum hit a "great pitch" -- a slider down and away. Not that it lessened Ohman's frustration.
"Would you get frustrated if you lost? It's frustrating," he said.
"This team has shown a great deal of resiliency so far, early in the year, an ability to hang in there," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The pitching keeps us close and we get some hitting at the end of the game."
San Diego loaded the bases in the ninth but failed to score, and two big defensive plays stopped them in the 10th and 12th.
With runners on first and second in the 10th, Brian Giles singled to center off Bob Howry. Felix Pie -- making his major league debut for the Cubs -- charged in and his threw a strike on the fly to catcher Michael Barrett, beating Russell Branyan by a couple feet. Mike Cameron ended the threat by grounding out.
Adrian Gonzalez tied a career high with four hits for San Diego.
"There were some that just found some holes," Gonzalez said. "You have to mix in some luck with games like this. Today I had two hits that were lucky."
Greg Maddux allowed three runs and six hits in five innings in his first start against the Cubs since they traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the deadline last July. He walked one, did not strike out a batter, but was unable to protect a 3-1 lead.
That evaporated in the fifth.
Chicago's Henry Blanco led off with a double and scored on a double to by Pie, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa because Alfonso Soriano has a strained left hamstring. Pie scored on Derrek Lee's single.
Until then, Wade Miller appeared headed to his second loss. He struggled through five innings, allowing six hits and four walks after getting hit hard by Milwaukee in his first start.
Chicago's Aramis Ramirez started at third after missing four games with tendinitis in his right wrist and delivered an RBI triple off the right-field wall in the first inning. But while one star returned, another was missing.
Soriano expects to sit out about a week after straining his left hamstring while attempting a diving catch during the fifth inning on Monday.
The Cubs mulled putting the five-time All-Star on the 15-day disabled list, even though an MRI exam on Tuesday revealed no major structural damage. Instead, they optioned right-handed pitcher Angel Guzman to Triple-A before the game and called up Pie, a top prospect who batted leadoff.
"I talked to the trainer, and ... I said, 'I feel great. I think I'll be ready before two weeks,"' said Soriano, who might hit in the batting cage on Wednesday.
|Outfielder Brian Giles and the winning Padres get two games worth of Wrigley ivy. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Marcus Giles, 2B||7||1||3||1||0||0||3||.316|
|Brian Giles, RF||7||1||2||1||0||2||3||.276|
|Mike Cameron, CF||7||0||2||0||0||0||3||.173|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||7||0||4||1||0||0||1||.288|
|Khalil Greene, SS||5||1||1||0||2||1||4||.226|
|Terrmel Sledge, LF||5||0||0||0||2||2||6||.259|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.135|
|a- Geoff Blum, PH-3B||2||0||1||1||1||0||3||.125|
|Rob Bowen, C||5||1||0||0||1||0||4||.174|
|Greg Maddux, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jose Cruz Jr., PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.360|
|Cla Meredith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Paul McAnulty, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Scott Linebrink, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Russell Branyan, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.385|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Pete Laforest, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.429|
|Doug Brocail, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|f- Jake Peavy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Kouzmanoff in the 9th|
|b-singled for Maddux in the 6th|
|c-grounded out for Meredith in the 8th|
|d-walked for Linebrink in the 10th|
|e-flied out for Bell in the 12th|
|f-popped out for Brocail in the 14th|
|2B - Brian Giles (4, W. Miller), Mike Cameron (1, W. Miller), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (3, W. Miller, Wuertz), Khalil Greene (7, Ohman), Geoff Blum (2, Ohman)|
|SH - Rob Bowen (1), Greg Maddux (2)|
|RBI - Marcus Giles (9), Brian Giles (4), Adrian Gonzalez (10), Geoff Blum (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marcus Giles (6)|
|SB - Marcus Giles (3, 2nd base off W. Miller/Blanco)|
|Team LOB - 17|
|DP - Giles-Greene-Gonzalez, Greene-Gonzalez|
|E - Marcus Giles (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Doug Brocail (W,1-0)||2||1||0||0||0||4||0||2.35|
|Trevor Hoffman (S,3)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 83-51, Cla Meredith 27-13, Scott Linebrink 25-11, Heath Bell 19-13, Doug Brocail 31-22, Trevor Hoffman 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 10-6, Cla Meredith 4-2, Scott Linebrink 3-1, Heath Bell 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 23, Cla Meredith 6, Scott Linebrink 6, Heath Bell 6, Doug Brocail 7, Trevor Hoffman 4|
|Felix Pie, CF||6||1||1||1||0||1||0||.167|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B-RF||6||1||2||0||0||0||1||.344|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||5||0||1||1||1||1||2||.380|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||5||0||1||1||1||1||2||.378|
|Matt Murton, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.231|
|Ryan Dempster, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daryle Ward, 1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Jason Marquis, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Jacque Jones, LF||6||0||1||0||0||1||1||.235|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||5||0||0||0||1||2||2||.059|
|Henry Blanco, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Eyre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Cliff Floyd, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.303|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Wade Miller, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|b- Cesar Izturis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.205|
|Neal Cotts, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael Barrett, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.214|
|a-lined out for Eyre in the 9th|
|b-lined out for W. Miller in the 5th|
|2B - Felix Pie (1, Maddux), Daryle Ward (1, Hoffman), Henry Blanco (1, Maddux)|
|3B - Aramis Ramirez (1, Maddux)|
|RBI - Felix Pie (1), Derrek Lee (10), Aramis Ramirez (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee (5), Aramis Ramirez (2)|
|SB - Ryan Theriot (4, 2nd base off Maddux/Bowen), Derrek Lee 2 (2, 2nd base off Maddux/Bowen, 2nd base off Maddux/Bowen)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Felix Pie 1|
|DP - Theriot-Cedeno-Lee|
|E - Ryan Theriot (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Will Ohman (L,0-1)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||9.00|
|IBB - Sledge by Michael Wuertz|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miller 98-54, Neal Cotts 22-11, Michael Wuertz 35-17, Scott Eyre 2-2, Bob Howry 21-12, Ryan Dempster 26-14, Will Ohman 22-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miller 4-8, Neal Cotts 3-1, Michael Wuertz 2-2, Bob Howry 3-2, Ryan Dempster 3-3, Will Ohman 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Wade Miller 25, Neal Cotts 8, Michael Wuertz 9, Scott Eyre 1, Bob Howry 8, Ryan Dempster 7, Will Ohman 5|
|Attendance - 36021|
|Game Time - 4:15|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|