SAN DIEGO (AP) — All-Star slugger Javier Baez hit a three-run home run and drove in five, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ also went deep and the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 11-6 on Saturday night.
Baez, voted to start at second base in his first All-Star Game, hit a no-doubt shot to right-center field off Phil Hughes in the ninth inning, and the thousands of Cubs fans at Petco Park chanted “Javy! Javy! Javy!” as the 25-year-old from Puerto Rico rounded the bases. It was his 19th.
Baez and Schwarber will be in Monday’s Home Run Derby in Washington.
Kyle Hendricks (6-8) won for the first time in five starts, holding San Diego to two runs and five hits in five innings, with three strikeouts and no walks. He allowed Eric Hosmer‘s two-run homer in the first, his 10th.
That lead was gone by the fourth. Happ homered to center field off Luis Perdomo (1-4) leading off the second, his 11th. Schwarber homered to left on a line shot after Happ walked opening the fourth. It was Schwarber’s 18th.
Baez gave the Cubs a 5-2 lead with a two-run double in the fifth that chased Perdomo. Jason Heyward was aboard on a double after the initial call that he was tagged out was overturned on video review.
Hunter Renfroe hit a pinch, two-run homer for the Padres in the sixth, his sixth, to pull the Padres within one.
San Diego’s Freddy Galvis hit a two-run double in the ninth.
Perdomo allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out six and walked two.
Count Cubs manager Joe Maddon as a fan of the Padres’ brown jerseys, which San Diego wears only for Friday night home games.
During his pre-game session with the media Saturday, Maddon asked if the Padres would be wearing them again. When told they weren’t, Maddon said: “I love those. I think they’re the best uniform ever. Awesome, awesome. That uniform last night, you can’t beat that. They’re the best. I love them.”
The throwback unis are a nod to the mustard-and-mud color scheme of the 1980s. While a certain segment of the fan base wants the team to bring back the brown, the Padres have been slow to do so, and have said it’ll probably be 2020 before they would make a change.
Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (11-2, 2.45) is scheduled to start the series finale, which will cost him his spot on the All-Star active roster. The Cubs have won his last eight starts and are 15-3 in his 18 starts.
Padres: Rookie LHP Eric Lauer (5-5, 4.50) will try to replicate his brilliant performance from Tuesday night, when he fell one out shy of his first complete game in a 4-1 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed one run and four hits while striking out eight.
Source: Fox Sports