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Quentin hit a three-run homer Tuesday night as the Padres defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-4 at Petco Park. Quentin has 12 homers and 31 RBI in 190 at-bats since coming off the disabled list and making his Padres debut on May 28.
But the hitters immediately in front and behind Quentin in the lineup also have improved markedly since he joined the lineup.
At the time of Quentin's return, Headley was hitting .243 with 11 doubles, five homers and 22 RBI in the season's first 49 games. In 63 games since, Headley is hitting .295 with 11 doubles, 10 homers and 40 RBI.
Black subscribes to the theory that Quentin makes the hitters around him better simply by the presence of the threat he represents. "Teams don't want to deal with Carlos with men on," Black said recently. "Headley is seeing better pitches to hit."
Alonso, who didn't start Tuesday night because of a "hamstring issue," has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, going 17-for-45 (.378) with eight doubles, two homers and nine RBI.
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