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Red-hot Padres finish 9-0 homestand by beating cold Cubs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park has never looked better to the San Diego Padres.

The Padres capped the first 9-0 homestand in franchise history on Sunday with a 7-2 win over the punchless Chicago Cubs that included small ball and large ball at their spacious downtown ballpark.

Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a three-run home run and finished with four RBI, Chris Young pitched well and added a two-run single, and the Padres threw in a suicide squeeze bunt for good measure.

San Diego's nine-game winning streak is the longest in the NL this season and the longest active one in the majors. Even so, it merely pulled the Padres back to .500. They also swept the Reds and Giants on this homestand.

The homestand came after a 0-6 road trip, which included three losses to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It also included some upheaval, when ace Jake Peavy vetoed a trade to the Chicago White Sox and the Padres traded Jody Gerut to Milwaukee for Tony Gwynn Jr., whose father spent his entire 20-year Hall of Fame career in San Diego.

"This is maybe the most fun experience I've had here in San Diego as far as the team winning, especially given the external distractions that have gone on this past week," Young said.

"This team's got some character to it, there's some fight in the guys," he added. "We certainly weren't going to hang our heads after that last road trip. But now we've got to continue it. It's a long season. There's still a lot of baseball to play."

It was San Diego's largest margin of victory since a 6-1 win against the Giants at home on April 12.

The Cubs didn't even score seven runs total on their entire road trip. Their offense disappeared during an 0-6 trip, scoring only five runs total. They lost their season-high seventh straight and tumbled to .500. It's their longest losing streak since May 2006, when they lost eight straight.

"I sometimes feel like we've been slapped around this past week, embarrassed," said Ted Lilly, who took the loss.

Manager Lou Piniella held a pregame meeting, which he termed "a positive talk."

"Hopefully it will bear some fruit starting tomorrow at home," he said. "I said the things I had to say. The players have to play on the field. We can talk all we want, we can be as positive as we want but they have to get the job done on the field."

Reed Johnson, who hit a two-run homer, said Piniella's talk should have some influence.

"It's not a case where you have a bunch of guys in the clubhouse who have cashed it in or who have given up," he said. "I think guys may be pressing too hard. But we have too many good players not to turn this thing around."

Young (4-2) added to the Cubs' misery by hitting a two-run single and holding them to two runs and four hits in seven innings. The 6-10 right-hander had his first career multi-RBI game and third multi-hit game.

Kouzmanoff tied his career high for four RBI. He doubled off Lilly (5-4) in the sixth to bring in Adrian Gonzalez. After the Cubs closed to 4-2 on Johnson's homer, Kouzmanoff hit a three-run shot off Aaron Heilman in the seventh, his fourth.

Gonzalez was aboard on an intentional walk after his older brother, Edgar, led off with a pinch-hit double.

Young retired the first 14 batters before Mike Fontenot singled to left-center with two outs in the fifth.

Young came to bat with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the inning and hit Lilly's first pitch to left-center to bring in Chase Headley and Drew Macias. Headley singled and Macias doubled before Josh Wilson was walked intentionally to bring up Young.

David Eckstein followed with a suicide squeeze that brought in Wilson for a 3-0 lead.

Young's only mistake came in the seventh, when he allowed Johnson's two-run homer on a high fastball. It was Johnson's first.

"I was trying to get it away and it ran back kind of middle, middle-in," Young said. "I was also trying to be aggressive and challenging at a point where I knew we had a four-run lead. The last thing I wanted was baserunners. I wanted them to hit their way on instead of walks. It was a 2-1 pitch and he hit it out. I tip my cap to him."

Young struck out four and walked none.

Lilly allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Notes

  • It was San Diego's first three-game sweep of the Cubs in San Diego since July 11-13, 1988.
  • Eckstein was back in the starting lineup two games after getting hit in the chest by a pitch from Carlos Zambrano in the series opener on Friday night.
  • Cubs 1B-cleanup hitter Derrek Lee was a late scratch due to illness.
 
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Kevin Kouzmanoff (left) collects four RBI to spark the Padres to their ninth consecutive win.  (AP)
Kevin Kouzmanoff (left) collects four RBI to spark the Padres to their ninth consecutive win. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
San Diego

C. Young
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 0
K 4
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000001 .257
Ryan Theriot, SS4000001 .263
Micah Hoffpauir, 1B4000010 .280
Milton Bradley, RF4110000 .188
Reed Johnson, CF3112010 .237
Mike Fontenot, 2B3010000 .208
Geovany Soto, C3000001 .202
Bobby Scales, 3B3010020 .265
Ted Lilly, P1000010 .105
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Kosuke Fukudome, PH1000000 .308
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
Totals3024205  
a-grounded out for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
HR - Reed Johnson (1, C. Young)
SH - Ted Lilly (2)
RBI - Reed Johnson 2 (8)
SB - Mike Fontenot (2, 2nd base off C. Young/Hundley)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Fontenot-Theriot-Hoffpauir, Theriot-Fontenot-Hoffpauir
E - Ted Lilly (3, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (L,5-4) 6.1855240 3.77
Aaron Heilman 0.2122121 5.30
Neal Cotts 1000010 5.40
IBB - Wilson by Ted Lilly, Gonzalez by Aaron Heilman
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 95-66, Aaron Heilman 19-10, Neal Cotts 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 8-6, Neal Cotts 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 28, Aaron Heilman 4, Neal Cotts 3
San Diego Padres
David Eckstein, 2B2001011 .226
Scott Hairston, CF4010012 .322
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3210111 .282
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4124000 .236
Nick Hundley, C4000021 .250
Chase Headley, LF4110020 .229
Drew Macias, RF3110100 .333
Josh Wilson, SS3100102 .167
Chris Young, P2022000 .333
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1110000 .175
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
Totals3079737  
a-doubled for C. Young in the 7th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (4, Lilly), Kevin Kouzmanoff (7, Lilly), Drew Macias (3, Lilly), Edgar Gonzalez (2, Lilly)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (4, Heilman)
SH - David Eckstein 2 (7)
RBI - David Eckstein (13), Kevin Kouzmanoff 4 (16), Chris Young 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff 3 (10)
SB - Chase Headley (6, 2nd base off Lilly/Soto)
Team LOB - 4
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (W,4-2) 7422041 4.76
Luke Gregerson 1000010 3.76
Greg Burke 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 101-62, Luke Gregerson 11-8, Greg Burke 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 7-10, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Greg Burke 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 25, Luke Gregerson 3, Greg Burke 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39593
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Doug Eddings