Mejia homers as Padres beat Cubs 5-1 to avoid sweep

CHICAGO (AP) Adrian Morejon started his first major league game while sometimes-starter Cal Quantrill came out of the bullpen.

The strategy worked. And the offense did the rest.

Francisco Mejia homered, Fernando Tatis Jr. drove in three runs and the San Diego Padres avoided the sweep, beating the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Sunday.

Mejia and Tatis had two hits apiece for the Padres, who scored three runs in the ninth and have won just two of their last nine.

Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in seven innings and Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who are 7-2 after the All-Star break.

''I'll sign up for it any day of the week,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the record.

Quantrill (3-2) threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, retiring 14 of his final 15 batters. He struck out six and walked none.

''Whatever role we give him: start a game, relief, throw one inning, throw five innings out of the `pen,'' manager Andy Green said. ''He's done it all really well. Yesterday when I talked to him, I told him, `Hey, your job tomorrow is to get the ball to Kirby (Yates),' and he took it straight to Kirby today.''

Quantrill took over for Adrian Morejon, who allowed one run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings as the opener. Morejon, 20, is the second-youngest pitcher to debut with the Padres. The left-hander went 0-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 16 starts at Double-A Amarillo before his call-up.

''The first hitter, I was pretty nervous. But after I got it out of the way, that's all fine,'' Morejon said through an interpreter.

Yates struck out three in the ninth to work around a Rizzo single.

''I don't want to be a reliever, but I will say this: The mentality, `On to the next guy,' that works,'' said Quantrill, who has made eight starts. ''It works as a starter too. Kirby's the best in the game. I knew if I get the ball to Kirby, we're gonna win this baseball game.''

Pinch hitter Greg Garcia was hit by a pitch from Carl Edwards Jr. to bring in a run in the ninth after Kyle Ryan allowed a walk and a bunt single. Tatis followed with a two-run single. Edwards was making his first appearance since June 9 after spending time on the IL for a thoracic strain.

''It was a good setup for him to get reindoctrinated, get one out, walk off the mound and feel good about himself,'' Maddon said. ''And it didn't happen.''

Hendricks (7-8) gave up four hits in his longest start since he came off the IL July 2. His home ERA increased to 1.89.

''He was good,'' Maddon said. ''We just didn't score enough runs obviously and it set up the bullpen differently for us at the end of the game.''

Javier Baez singled, advanced to third on Kris Bryant's blooper and scored on Rizzo's groundout to give the Cubs the lead in the first.

The Padres tied the game in the fifth when Luis Urias drew a walk, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Tatis' single.

Mejia hit his fourth home run on a full count against Hendricks to lead off the seventh and put the Padres ahead 2-1.

WEATHER UPDATE

After the heat climbed into the 90s Saturday, the first-pitch temperature was 72 Sunday. Rain delayed the start of the game 32 minutes.

TRADES ON HORIZON?

The Cubs could be active as the trade deadline looms.

''There's different areas we do need to firm up - we know that, everybody knows that - so we've been talking,'' Maddon said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: The contracts of RHP Michel Baez and Morejon were selected from Double-A Amarillo. OF Josh Naylor and RHP Trey Wingenter were optioned to Triple-A El Paso. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Adam Warren (right forearm strain) was transferred to the 60-day IL and RHP Miguel Diaz (left knee surgery) was recalled from Triple-A and transferred to the 60-day IL.

Cubs: Maddon said LHP Cole Hamels (left oblique strain) was doing well after he threw a bullpen session Saturday for the first time since going on the IL June 29. The team is discussing the next step for Hamels. ... C Willson Contreras (right foot strain) will possibly be activated Wednesday, when he is eligible to come off the IL, Maddon said.

UP NEXT

Padres: A starter has yet to be announced for Tuesday's series opener against the Mets and LHP Jason Vargas (4-5, 4.25 ERA).

Cubs: RHP Alex Mills (0-0, 4.50) starts Monday at San Francisco against the Giants and RHP Shaun Anderson (3-2, 4.87) in the opener of a three-game series.

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  • W: C. Quantrill (3-2)L: K. Hendricks (7-8)
  • HR: SD - F. Mejia (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Tatis SS40230100.324.388.595.9846.0
M. Margot CF50000014.253.323.404.727-0.5
M. Machado 3B40000001.268.337.511.8470.0
E. Hosmer 1B40100000.285.333.436.7681.0
H. Renfroe RF31100120.247.308.588.8963.0
F. Mejia C32211102.218.277.378.6559.0
W. Myers LF40000013.216.315.394.709-0.5
L. Urias 2B22000210.100.270.133.4043.5
A. Morejon P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
C. Quantrill P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
a- G. Garcia PH00010000.267.355.401.7562.0
K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit by pitch for Quantrill in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40100011.230.321.474.7950.5
J. Baez SS41100021.291.323.552.8751.0
K. Bryant 3B40100021.296.406.557.9631.0
A. Rizzo 1B40210011.293.400.537.9372.5
R. Garcia 2B40000013.290.324.7741.098-0.5
J. Heyward RF30000011.274.356.467.823-0.5
A. Almora CF30000000.239.275.384.6590.0
M. Maldonado C20000010.219.284.352.636-0.5
a- V. Caratini PH-C10000000.264.347.443.7910.0
K. Hendricks P20100010.200.250.233.4830.5
B. Brach P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
b- D. Descalso PH10000000.182.280.264.5440.0
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Edwards P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Maldonado in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Brach in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Renfroe (15)
  • HR - F. Mejia (4)
  • SH - C. Quantrill (2)
  • RBI - F. Tatis 3 (39), F. Mejia (11), G. Garcia (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Tatis 3 (19), G. Garcia (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Margot 3 (3), F. Mejia 2 (2), W. Myers
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (29)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (68)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber, K. Bryant, R. Garcia 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Urias-Hosmer)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Baez-Garcia-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Morejon2.13110103.861.292.5
C. Quantrill (W, 3-2)5.22000603.761.1823.0
K. Yates1.01000301.050.813.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Morejon2.1
C. Quantrill (W, 3-2)5.2
K. Yates1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 7-8)7.04222513.411.1413.5
B. Brach1.00001106.081.782.5
K. Ryan0.21221003.671.34-4.0
C. Edwards0.11111005.871.11-3.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 7-8)7.0
B. Brach1.0
K. Ryan0.2
C. Edwards0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Morejon 27-19, C. Quantrill 77-47, K. Yates 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Morejon 2-4, C. Quantrill 3-7
  • Batters Faced - A. Morejon 10, C. Quantrill 18, K. Yates 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Edwards
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 103-72, B. Brach 13-7, K. Ryan 17-9, C. Edwards 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 11-5, B. Brach 1-0, K. Ryan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 27, B. Brach 3, K. Ryan 4, C. Edwards 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Tatis SS40230100.324.388.595.9846.0
M. Margot CF50000014.253.323.404.727-0.5
M. Machado 3B40000001.268.337.511.8470.0
E. Hosmer 1B40100000.285.333.436.7681.0
H. Renfroe RF31100120.247.308.588.8963.0
F. Mejia C32211102.218.277.378.6559.0
W. Myers LF40000013.216.315.394.709-0.5
L. Urias 2B22000210.100.270.133.4043.5
A. Morejon P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
C. Quantrill P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
a- G. Garcia PH00010000.267.355.401.7562.0
K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Quantrill in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40100011.230.321.474.7950.5
J. Baez SS41100021.291.323.552.8751.0
K. Bryant 3B40100021.296.406.557.9631.0
A. Rizzo 1B40210011.293.400.537.9372.5
R. Garcia 2B40000013.290.324.7741.098-0.5
J. Heyward RF30000011.274.356.467.823-0.5
A. Almora CF30000000.239.275.384.6590.0
M. Maldonado C20000010.219.284.352.636-0.5
a- V. Caratini PH-C10000000.264.347.443.7910.0
K. Hendricks P20100010.200.250.233.4830.5
B. Brach P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
b- D. Descalso PH10000000.182.280.264.5440.0
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Edwards P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Maldonado in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Brach in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Renfroe (15)
  • HR - F. Mejia (4)
  • SH - C. Quantrill (2)
  • RBI - F. Tatis 3 (39), F. Mejia (11), G. Garcia (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Tatis 3 (19), G. Garcia (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Margot 3 (3), F. Mejia 2 (2), W. Myers
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (29)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (68)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber, K. Bryant, R. Garcia 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Urias-Hosmer)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Baez-Garcia-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Morejon2.13110103.861.292.5
C. Quantrill (W, 3-2)5.22000603.761.1823.0
K. Yates1.01000301.050.813.5
Total9.06110100---
PITCHERSIP
A. Morejon2.1
C. Quantrill (W, 3-2)5.2
K. Yates1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 7-8)7.04222513.411.1413.5
B. Brach1.00001106.081.782.5
K. Ryan0.21221003.671.34-4.0
C. Edwards0.11111005.871.11-3.0
Total9.0655561---
PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 7-8)7.0
B. Brach1.0
K. Ryan0.2
C. Edwards0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Morejon 27-19, C. Quantrill 77-47, K. Yates 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Morejon 2-4, C. Quantrill 3-7
  • Batters Faced - A. Morejon 10, C. Quantrill 18, K. Yates 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Edwards
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 103-72, B. Brach 13-7, K. Ryan 17-9, C. Edwards 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 11-5, B. Brach 1-0, K. Ryan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 27, B. Brach 3, K. Ryan 4, C. Edwards 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Tatis singled to right, Mejia and Urias scored, Garcia to third51
    Garcia hit by pitch, Renfroe scored, Mejia to third, Urias to second31
  • 7TH INNING
    Mejia homered to right center21
  • 5TH INNING
    Tatis singled to right, Urias scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Rizzo grounded out to first, Baez scored, Bryant to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kyle Ryan pitching
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Renfroe: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Renfroe walked
    • F. Mejia: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Mejia reached on bunt single to pitcher, Renfroe to second
    • W. Myers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Myers fouled out to first
    • Carl Edwards relieved Kyle Ryan
    • L. Urias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Urias walked, Renfroe to third, Mejia to second
    • Greg Garcia hit for Cal Quantrill
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia hit by pitch, Renfroe scored, Mejia to third, Urias to second
    • F. Tatis: Tatis singled to right, Mejia and Urias scored, Garcia to third
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Margot popped out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kirby Yates pitching
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bryant struck out looking
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rizzo singled to shallow center
    • R. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brad Brach relieved Kyle Hendricks
    • F. Tatis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tatis walked
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Machado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Tatis out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Victor Caratini hit for Martin Maldonado
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Caratini grounded out to second
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Brad Brach
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Descalso lined out to center
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • F. Mejia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mejia homered to right center
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Myers grounded out to third
    • L. Urias: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Urias struck out swinging
    • C. Quantrill: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Quantrill grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Quantrill Pitching:
    • R. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia flied out to deep center
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Almora flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • M. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Machado popped out to second
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer grounded out to second
    • H. Renfroe: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Quantrill Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Baez lined out to right
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Rizzo struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Myers struck out looking
    • L. Urias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Urias walked
    • C. Quantrill: Foul, Quantrill hit sacrifice bunt to first, Urias to second
    • F. Tatis: Ball, Tatis singled to right, Urias scored
    • M. Margot: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Margot grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Quantrill Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora grounded out to second
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
    • K. Hendricks: Strike looking, Ball, Hendricks singled to shallow right
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Margot lined out to center
    • M. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Machado flied out to deep center
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Hosmer reached on an infield single to second
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Ball, Renfroe doubled to left, Hosmer to third
    • F. Mejia: Ball, Mejia fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Quantrill Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo singled to left
    • R. Garcia: Garcia flied out to left
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward lined into double play second to first, Rizzo out at first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • L. Urias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Urias flied out to center
    • A. Morejon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morejon struck out swinging
    • F. Tatis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Tatis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Morejon Pitching:
    • K. Hendricks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hendricks struck out looking
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber singled to shallow left center
    • Cal Quantrill relieved Adrian Morejon
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Bryant grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer grounded out to second
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
    • F. Mejia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mejia walked
    • W. Myers: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Myers reached on fielder's choice to third, Mejia out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Morejon Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike swinging, Foul, Heyward lined out to right
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora flied out to right
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • F. Tatis: Strike looking, Tatis grounded out to third
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Margot grounded out to second
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Machado grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Morejon Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber fouled out to catcher
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Baez singled to shallow left center
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Bryant doubled to right, Baez to third
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to first, Baez scored, Bryant to third
    • R. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia lined out to right
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)