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Kouzmanoff's two-run blast propels Pads past Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- It's not often a .200 hitter feels good about their game, but don't tell that to Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Kouzmanoff hit a towering two-run homer to back solid pitching from David Wells in the San Diego Padres' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Kouzmanoff, a rookie who hit .113 the first month of the season, homered for the second straight game when he hit a ball an estimated 438 feet in the seventh inning that gave San Diego their seventh win in nine games.

"I got a good pitch to hit and I hit it hard," said Kouzmanoff, the rookie acquired in an offseason trade with the Cleveland Indians.

Kouzmanoff extended his hitting streak to six games during which he has gone 10-for-19 with two homers and eight RBI. Kouzmanoff, who is hitting .325 in May, has lifted his average from .108 on May 10 to a season-high .202.

"Hitting (a home run) like that here was tremendous," said Wells, who got his first win since April 24. "I was screaming at the guys, "C'mon, whose pitching? Cy Young out there."

Kouzmanoff hit a 2-0 pitch from Sean Marshall (0-1) deep into the into the second deck in left-center field to ruin Marshall's first start of the season. Marshall had allowed just two hits heading into the seventh.

"I'm more excited to get to the ballpark every day now," Kouzmanoff said. "I'm just trying to stay consistent and keep it going."

Wells (2-2) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out five.

"Boomer was outstanding," Padres manager Bud Black said. "His fastball had life. He had all his pitches working."

Wells escaped a big jam in the seventh after he issued consecutive one-out walks and gave up bloop single to Mark DeRosa that loaded the bases. The left-hander then got Cesar Izturis to ground into a double play.

"I had no idea clue what I was doing out there, none whatsoever," said Wells about the seventh inning. "I don't think I've felt like that in 15 years or more. But I snapped out of it and got the double play. That was huge."

The Cubs, who stranded seven runners, dropped to 2-10 in one-run games.

"It just happens too many times, we leave them on," Chicago manager Lou Piniella said. "We have chances to do things with baseball games and we just don't."

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth inning for his 13th save in 15 chances and career No. 495 for the all-time save leader. He got Jacque Jones to line out to right field with a man on third to end it.

Marshall allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. Marshall, recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, struck out eight and walked two.

"I felt like I could improve some," Marshall said. "I felt like the next time around I'll pitch better. I didn't pitch the way I had pitched down there."

DeRosa, who was 4-for-4, put the Cubs ahead 1-0 in the second with a two-out RBI double that scored Matt Murton, who singled.

Notes

  • Chicago 1B Derrek Lee is 0-for-8 with a walk in his first two games since he returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday night.
  • San Diego has won 10 of its last 11 games against the Cubs, dating back to last year.
 
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Kevin Kouzmanoff backs up the Padres' strong effort with a go-ahead two-run blast in the seventh.  (AP)
Kevin Kouzmanoff backs up the Padres' strong effort with a go-ahead two-run blast in the seventh. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

M. DeRosa
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010000 .283
Angel Pagan, CF4000030 .323
Derrek Lee, 1B3000100 .373
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000012 .288
Michael Barrett, C3000100 .243
Matt Murton, RF3120110 .286
Mark DeRosa, 2B4041000 .265
Cesar Izturis, SS3000002 .266
   a- Jacque Jones, PH1000001 .250
Sean Marshall, P2000021 .000
   b- Cliff Floyd, PH1000000 .292
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
Totals3217137  
a-flied out for Izturis in the 9th
b-grounded out for Marshall in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mark DeRosa (8, Wells)
3B - Mark DeRosa (2, Hoffman)
RBI - Mark DeRosa (19)
2-OUT RBI - Mark DeRosa (5)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (7, 2nd base off Linebrink/Bard), Matt Murton (1, 2nd base off Wells/Bard)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall (L,0-1) 7422281 2.57
Michael Wuertz 0.2000120 1.80
Will Ohman 0.1000000 4.26
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 105-63, Michael Wuertz 13-8, Will Ohman 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 4-9, Will Ohman 1-0
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 27, Michael Wuertz 3, Will Ohman 1
San Diego Padres
Marcus Giles, 2B3000110 .288
Jose Cruz Jr., RF3010110 .274
Mike Cameron, CF3000112 .231
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000004 .278
Khalil Greene, SS3000010 .227
Josh Bard, C3110000 .235
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3122010 .202
Terrmel Sledge, LF3000021 .188
David Wells, P2000020 .118
   a- Geoff Blum, PH1000010 .189
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals28242310  
a-struck out for Wells in the 7th
Batting
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (3, Marshall)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (18)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Cruz Jr. 1
DP - Cruz-Greene, Giles-Greene-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
David Wells (W,2-2) 7511250 4.85
Scott Linebrink (H,9) 1100110 2.49
Trevor Hoffman (S,13) 1100010 2.95
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 89-63, Scott Linebrink 17-9, Trevor Hoffman 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 6-8, Scott Linebrink 1-1, Trevor Hoffman 1-1
Batters Faced - David Wells 26, Scott Linebrink 5, Trevor Hoffman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27535
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Laz Diaz