Chicago at San Diego

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Cubs 6, Padres 2

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SAN DIEGO -- Starlin Castro and Matt Garza have been bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Chicago Cubs.

Castro had two singles to extend his NL-leading total to 206 hits and Garza won his 10th game as the Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of 90-game losers. Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning.

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Castro has 12 more hits than Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Wednesday, Castro will become the youngest player ever to lead the NL in hits in a season, at 21 years, 188 days. He'll also become the third Cubs player in seven seasons to lead the NL in hits, joining Juan Pierre (2006) and Derrek Lee (2005).

Castro reached base for the 39th consecutive game, extending his career-high streak.

Garza, obtained in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay, finished 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA. He had been sick on Monday night and the Cubs sent him back to the hotel.

"Come hell or high water, he was going to pitch," manager Mike Quade said. "It was an excellent effort."

Soriano hit a home run the base of the batter's eye in straightaway center field against Chad Qualls (6-8), giving the Cubs a 4-2 lead. Aramis Ramirez, who connected in the fourth, reached on a leadoff walk before being replaced by Tony Campana, and Bryan LaHair walked with one out ahead of Soriano's 26th home run.

"A normal human being would have hit that on the ground," Qualls said. "Soriano hits it 420 feet."

Garza tied his career high with his fourth consecutive victory. He allowed two runs and five hits, struck out eight and walked two in seven innings.

"It is what it is. I had a chance at the end," Garza said. "I'm happy the way it ended. I'm not happy we're not playing in October, but I'm just going to take what I did and let it keep rolling into the offseason and get ready for next season."

The loss clinched last place in the NL West for the Padres (70-91). They won 90 games in 2010, but took a face-plant this season after trading All-Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox in December.

Ramirez hit a drive to straightaway center leading off the fourth against rookie Anthony Bass, his 26th.

Chicago's Blake DeWitt added a pinch-hit, two-run single in the ninth.

San Diego's Kyle Blanks hit a two-run double in the second.

Bass, who started the season in Double-A, held the Cubs to one run and five hits in five innings.

"For the most part I was pleased," Bass said. "I made a couple of mistakes that they hit hard."

Notes

Castro extended his hitting streak to 10 games, his fifth double-digit streak of the season. ... The season ends Wednesday night when Cubs RHP Ryan Dempster (10-13, 4.53 ERA) faces LHP Wade LeBlanc (4-6, 4.83). Dempster is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his last four starts against San Diego. LeBlanc will be facing the Cubs for the first time. In a 2-0 victory at Colorado in his last start, LeBlanc struck out a career-high 10, the most strikeouts by a Padres pitcher this season.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Soriano
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

O. Hudson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS5020003 .307
Darwin Barney, 2B3110202 .277
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3111103 .306
    Tony Campana, PR-LF1210000 .259
Carlos Pena, 1B4000112 .225
Bryan LaHair, RF4100123 .288
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Alfonso Soriano, LF3123110 .244
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   a- Blake DeWitt, PH1012000 .261
    Reed Johnson, RF0000000 .313
Marlon Byrd, CF5000014 .276
Geovany Soto, C2010101 .228
    Tyler Colvin, PR0000000 .151
    Koyie Hill, C2010012 .195
Matt Garza, P2000021 .094
   b- DJ LeMahieu, PH-3B1010000 .254
Totals36611678  
a-singled for Marshall in the 9th
b-singled for Garza in the 8th
Batting
HR - Aramis Ramirez (26, Bass), Alfonso Soriano (26, Qualls)
SH - Matt Garza (5)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (93), Alfonso Soriano 3 (88), Blake DeWitt 2 (26)
SB - Tony Campana (24, 2nd base off Qualls/Martinez)
CS - Starlin Castro (9, 2nd base by Bass/Martinez)
Team LOB - 11
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza (W,10-10) 7522280 3.32
Jeff Samardzija (H,13) 0.1100110 2.97
Sean Marshall (H,34) 0.2000020 2.26
Carlos Marmol 1000220 4.01
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 122-79, Jeff Samardzija 14-8, Sean Marshall 9-6, Carlos Marmol 31-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 11-2, Carlos Marmol 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 28, Jeff Samardzija 3, Sean Marshall 2, Carlos Marmol 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, LF-RF4000133 .246
Jason Bartlett, SS4000123 .245
Cameron Maybin, CF4010011 .262
Chase Headley, 3B4110021 .289
Orlando Hudson, 2B4120012 .245
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000020 .190
   a- Nick Hundley, PH1000012 .286
    Andrew Carpenter, P0000000 .000
Kyle Blanks, 1B3012101 .229
Luis Martinez, C3000101 .203
Anthony Bass, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Cunningham, PH0000100 .180
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Denorfia, PH1010000 .277
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Andy Parrino, LF1000011 .175
Totals32262513  
a-struck out for Hermida in the 8th
b-walked for Bass in the 5th
c-singled for Gregerson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kyle Blanks (7, Garza)
SH - Anthony Bass (1)
RBI - Kyle Blanks 2 (26)
SB - Cameron Maybin (39, 2nd base off Samardzija/Hill), Orlando Hudson (19, 2nd base off Garza/Soto)
Team LOB - 9
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anthony Bass 5511221 1.68
Joe Thatcher (H,2) 0.2000010 4.50
Ernesto Frieri (H,4) 1100120 2.76
Luke Gregerson (H,16) 0.1000000 2.75
Chad Qualls (BS,5; L,6-8) 1333201 3.51
Andrew Carpenter 1222230 7.98
IBB - Pena by Andrew Carpenter
WP - Andrew Carpenter (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Bass 63-42, Joe Thatcher 10-6, Ernesto Frieri 22-13, Luke Gregerson 5-3, Chad Qualls 32-21, Andrew Carpenter 32-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Bass 6-6, Ernesto Frieri 1-0, Chad Qualls 2-1
Batters Faced - Anthony Bass 21, Joe Thatcher 2, Ernesto Frieri 5, Luke Gregerson 1, Chad Qualls 8, Andrew Carpenter 7
Game Information
Attendance - 39058
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Jim Wolf