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Padres blank Cubs, keep pace with Giants, Braves

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- The last pitcher to win a postseason game for San Diego is a big reason why the Padres still have a chance in this playoff chase.

Chris Young and four relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Padres showed some life in the waning days of the season, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday night to remain 1½ games behind Atlanta in the NL wild-card race.

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San Diego remained two games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West. The Giants beat Arizona 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Young (2-0) threw five strong innings in his third start back from a five-month stay on the disabled list. He allowed three hits while striking out six and walking two. He walked Kosuke Fukudome leading off the game and gave up a single to Starlin Castro, then retired the side. He allowed only three baserunners the rest of the way.

Young is the only Padres pitcher to win a postseason game since 1998. With the Padres trailing the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 in a 2006 division series, he threw 6 2/3 shutout innings in Game 3 at Busch Stadium as the Padres won 3-1. The Padres were eliminated the next day.

"I hope I get another chance to win another one," Young said. "But we've got to worry about getting there first. We've got our work cut out for us. With Atlanta and San Francisco winning tonight, we've got to win tomorrow and we've got to go to San Francisco and make it happen there.

"Anything's possible with this team," Young added. "We've got a great bunch of guys. We've got a bunch of guys that never quit. We're going to play it out and see what happens, and I believe in this group."

The Padres won for only the 12th time in 33 games since Aug. 25, when they were 76-49 and had a 6½-game lead on the Giants. The Padres had scored a total of only four runs in losing their previous three games.

Atlanta, which beat Florida 5-1 on Wednesday, is off Thursday while the Padres finish this four-game series. San Diego closes the regular season with three games at San Francisco.

It was the Padres' 20th shutout, tying the 2007 club record and matching Philadelphia for the major-league lead. The Padres retired 17 of the final 18 batters.

Young won San Diego's second game of the season, April 6 at Arizona, but went on the disabled list six days later with a strained right shoulder. After making three rehab starts, he returned on Sept. 18 in a game at St. Louis.

The 6-foot-10 Young is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA since returning. In four starts this season, he has a 0.20 ERA.

Young said his performance Wednesday night was a validation of the work he has put in during the past five months.

"It's awesome. It's what you play for," he said. "I love it. I love environments like that: the crowd, the energy, the intensity. Every pitch matters. It's a lot of fun to be a part of it, and I'm just thankful I have this opportunity. It's unbelievable. Hopefully there's more to come. I'll be prepared to keep going. It's been so much fun to be in this environment."

Padres center fielder Will Venable made two great catches, including one in which he leaped to rob Aramis Ramirez of a two-run homer to end the third, then came tumbling down. Even Ramirez forced a smile after watching the catch. Venable, who sat out the previous two games with a sore lower back, made a nice catch of Alfonso Soriano's drive to just in front of the fence leading off the second.

"The first catch was good," Cubs interim manager Mike Quade said. "The second catch was phenomenal."

"What can you say?" Soriano said. "The second catch really hurt because that was a home run."

Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 45th save in 48 chances, and his 32nd straight.

Chase Headley hit an RBI single in the second. Ryan Ludwick doubled leading off the fourth, was sacrificed by Yorvit Torrealba and scored on Randy Wells' wild pitch. Luis Durango pinch-hit for Young leading off the fifth and walked, stole second, then scored on David Eckstein's double down the left-field line.

"That was no fun," Quade said. "It's the same thing here. They scratch for a couple of runs. They get some great plays. Young pitched great. The bullpen is what it is. And you get beat."

Wells (8-14) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, walked four and struck out two.

Notes

  • It was only the fourth road loss in 18 games since Cubs interim manager Mike Quade took over for Lou Piniella.
  • The Padres will play their final home game of the regular season on Thursday, with Jon Garland scheduled to start against Chicago's Tom Gorzelanny.
 
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San Diego's Ryan Ludwick is greeted by Yorvit Torrealba after scoring from third on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.  (AP)
San Diego's Ryan Ludwick is greeted by Yorvit Torrealba after scoring from third on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

D. Eckstein
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3000120 .263
Starlin Castro, SS4010000 .300
Marlon Byrd, CF4010002 .296
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010013 .242
Xavier Nady, 1B4000013 .250
Alfonso Soriano, LF3000121 .255
Blake DeWitt, 2B3000021 .261
Koyie Hill, C3010011 .215
Randy Wells, P2000021 .173
   a- Sam Fuld, PH1000000 .174
    Scott Maine, P0000000 .000
Totals31040211  
a-grounded out for R. Wells in the 8th
Batting
2B - Koyie Hill (12, C. Young)
SB - Kosuke Fukudome (7, 3rd base off C. Young/Torrealba), Starlin Castro (10, 2nd base off C. Young/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Nady-Castro
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wells (L,8-14) 7633420 4.26
Scott Maine 1000000 2.13
IBB - Gonzalez by Randy Wells
HBP - Tejada (by Randy Wells)
WP - Randy Wells (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 109-56, Scott Maine 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 10-7, Scott Maine 2-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 30, Scott Maine 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, CF-RF4010001 .253
David Eckstein, 2B4011011 .266
Miguel Tejada, SS3000001 .271
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B2100202 .298
Ryan Ludwick, RF4110003 .257
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF0000000 .204
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010000 .279
Aaron Cunningham, LF2000112 .289
Chase Headley, 3B3021001 .261
Chris Young, P1000000 .000
   a- Luis Durango, PH0100100 .255
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Hairston, PH1000001 .213
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals2736242  
a-walked for C. Young in the 5th
b-flied out for Webb in the 6th
Batting
2B - David Eckstein (23, R. Wells), Ryan Ludwick (27, R. Wells)
SH - Yorvit Torrealba (1)
RBI - David Eckstein (29), Chase Headley (58)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (24)
SB - Will Venable (29, 2nd base off R. Wells/Hill), Luis Durango (5, 2nd base off R. Wells/Hill)
Team LOB - 6
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young (W,2-0) 5300260 0.90
Ryan Webb (H,8) 1000000 2.78
Luke Gregerson (H,38) 1000030 3.24
Mike Adams (H,36) 1000010 1.83
Heath Bell (S,45) 1100010 1.76
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 82-51, Ryan Webb 8-6, Luke Gregerson 11-10, Mike Adams 14-10, Heath Bell 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-6, Ryan Webb 3-0, Mike Adams 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 20, Ryan Webb 3, Luke Gregerson 3, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29400
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Gerry Davis