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Padres' Blanks strikes Cubs again, hits inside-the-park homer in win

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SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Blanks might be big, but the San Diego rookie has a variety of skills not associated with a player his size.

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Blanks exhibited surprising speed when he hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to help fellow rookie Cesar Carrillo earn his first major league win in the Padres' 6-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

The previous night, Blanks won the game with a three-run homer in the ninth inning for a 4-1 victory against the Cubs. On Tuesday night, he hit a ball off the top of the wall in center in the eighth that ricocheted to right-center. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Blanks easily beat the throw home with a headfirst slide for his eighth home run.

"At times we always preface our remarks by saying, 'For a big man.' I told him I'm not saying that anymore," Padres manager Bud Black said. "This guy is athletic. He can run. We've seen him move to the outfield and look comfortable."

Blanks, a natural first baseman, was moved to the outfield at Triple-A Portland this season to facilitate his move to the majors with All-Star Adrian Gonzalez in his way at first base. Since he was called up on June 19, Blanks has steadily improved.

"Being able to see pitching on a more consistent basis, it helps," Blanks said.

Chicago lost for the ninth time in 12 games but stayed six games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis, which lost 7-3 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs fell five games behind Colorado in the wild-card race.

The Padres have won five straight at home against Chicago, outscoring the Cubs 24-7.

"We've had trouble scoring runs in this park," Chicago manager Lou Piniella said. "I don't know why."

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Carrillo (1-1), who was bombed in his major league debut at Milwaukee last Thursday, allowed three runs, seven hits and four walks in six innings.

The Brewers hammered Carrillo, the Padres' 2005 first-round draft choice, in a 12-9 victory where he allowed eight runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings. The first three hits Carrillo allowed were home runs.

"The first time I had a lot of jitters," Carrillo said. "I felt more comfortable. I was trying not to do too much."

But this time, Carrillo had to deal with the emotions of facing the team he followed growing up in Chicago.

"Facing the Cubs, I was nervous as well," said Carrillo, who makes his offseason home in Chicago. "There are so many emotions right now, wow. It's just a good feeling. It's just amazing."

Gonzalez hit his 33rd home run off Ryan Dempster (6-7) in the fifth to put the Padres ahead to stay.

Heath Bell pitched a perfect ninth for his 30th save in 32 chances.

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Kevin Kouzmanoff had three hits, including an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring single in the third when the Padres scored twice for a 3-1 lead.

Rookie Will Venable led off the eighth with a walk off Angel Guzman before Blanks lofted a high fly ball toward the wall in center. Kosuke Fukudome crashed into the fence as the ball hit off the top of the padding and caromed toward right-center. By the time Fukudome recovered the ball, Blanks was already to third base and he had no trouble beating the relay.

"I figured if he doesn't catch it, it's definitely going to be clanking off the wall," Blanks said. "I was just happy to hit the ball after my first three at-bats."

Dempster got Blanks three times among his season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings. He walked three and pitched out of trouble several times.

"I could have made some better pitches," he said. "I gave up a home run to the guy in the lineup you don't want to let beat you."

Since coming off the disabled list July 28, Dempster has given up at least four runs in four of his five starts. In his previous outing, Dempster allowed six runs and eight hits in seven innings in a 6-1 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday.

Dempster had two hits and an RBI.

Derrek Lee hit a home run for the Cubs in the first. He scored a run in the fifth after walking, going to second on a groundout and coming home on Alfonso Soriano's single to tie the score at 3.

Notes

  • The last Padre to hit an inside-the-park home run was Sean Burroughs on May 16, 2003, against Atlanta.
  • Piniella demoted closer Kevin Gregg after a series of blown saves, including on Monday night when he gave up the three-run homer to Blanks. RHP Carlos Marmol assumes the role.
  • Dempster's career mark against the Padres fell to 7-2.
  • San Diego tied their season high with three stolen bases.
 
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A thorn in the Cubs' side, Kyle Blanks hits an inside-the-park home run for the Padres.  (AP)
A thorn in the Cubs' side, Kyle Blanks hits an inside-the-park home run for the Padres. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

D. Lee
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS5000014 .298
Milton Bradley, RF4000100 .259
Derrek Lee, 1B3221101 .295
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000101 .322
Kosuke Fukudome, CF3000112 .272
Alfonso Soriano, LF4011010 .243
Jeff Baker, 2B4120012 .290
Geovany Soto, C3000101 .220
Ryan Dempster, P3021000 .114
    Angel Guzman, P0000000 .000
   a- Sam Fuld, PH1000010 .318
Totals3337355  
a-struck out for Guzman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (25, Carrillo), Jeff Baker (7, Carrillo)
HR - Derrek Lee (24, Carrillo)
RBI - Derrek Lee (82), Alfonso Soriano (52), Ryan Dempster (4)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee (30), Alfonso Soriano (11), Ryan Dempster (4)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Dempster (L,6-7) 78443101 4.28
Angel Guzman 1122221 2.72
IBB - Gonzalez by Ryan Dempster
WP - Ryan Dempster (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 121-74, Angel Guzman 22-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 7-4
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 32, Angel Guzman 6
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4220121 .272
David Eckstein, 2B5010013 .260
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3111112 .276
Chase Headley, LF3101122 .258
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4032000 .265
Will Venable, CF-RF3110103 .266
Kyle Blanks, RF4112034 .252
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Nick Hundley, C4000012 .212
Cesar Carrillo, P2000010 .000
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH1000010 .217
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH-CF0000100 .278
Totals33696512  
a-struck out for Carrillo in the 6th
b-walked for Adams in the 8th
Batting
3B - Everth Cabrera (7, Dempster)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (33, Dempster), Kyle Blanks (8, Guzman)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (73), Chase Headley (45), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (70), Kyle Blanks 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (34)
SB - Everth Cabrera (18, 2nd base off Dempster/Soto), Chase Headley (8, 2nd base off Dempster/Soto), Will Venable (4, 2nd base off Dempster/Soto)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Carrillo-Cabrera-Gonzalez
E - Chase Headley (6, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Cesar Carrillo (W,1-1) 6733421 11.88
Luke Gregerson (H,15) 1000110 3.54
Mike Adams (H,10) 1000010 0.95
Heath Bell (S,30) 1000010 2.22
IBB - Fukudome by Cesar Carrillo
Pitches-Strikes - Cesar Carrillo 100-56, Luke Gregerson 23-13, Mike Adams 16-11, Heath Bell 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cesar Carrillo 7-8, Mike Adams 2-0, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Cesar Carrillo 28, Luke Gregerson 4, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19814
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Gerry Davis