Padres fall apart late in 5-4 loss to Cubs

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Javier Baez scored the go-ahead run on consecutive errors with one out in the 10th, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres 5-4 Friday night.

All-Star closer Brad Hand was one out away from his 25th save when Rizzo doubled into the gap in left-center to bring in pinch-runner Jason Heyward. Hand had retired Ben Zobrist and Ian Happ before hitting pinch-hitter Victor Caratini. Caratini was replaced by Heyward.

After Pedro Strop (4-1) struck out the side in the ninth, Baez reached on an infield single to third base with one out against Adam Cimber (3-5). Baez stole second, took third when catcher Austin Hedges‘ throw sailed into center field and raced home when Manuel Margot bobbled the ball.

Brandon Morrow pitched the 10th for his 21st save.

Hedges had given the Padres a 4-3 lead on a single with two outs in the eighth. It was his third single. With Manuel Margot aboard on a double, Hedges took Carl Edwards Jr. the opposite way for the go-ahead run, with his soft liner landing in front of right fielder Zobrist.

Kris Bryant, activated from the disabled list Wednesday, tied it at 3 with one out in the fifth when he smoked a grounder just inside first base that rolled into right field for an RBI double. It scored Albert Almora Jr., who reached on a fielder’s choice and was awarded second on shortstop Freddy Galvis‘ errant throw.

Travis Jankowski had given the Padres a 3-2 lead with a two-run home run to right-center, his second, with two outs in the second off Tyler Chatwood. Padres starter Clayton Richard was aboard on a single to center.

San Diego took a 1-0 lead on Eric Hosmer‘s RBI grounder in the first, and the Cubs jumped ahead on Happ’s two-run single after Richard struggled through the second. All-Star Baez hit a leadoff double and Richard loaded the bases with one-out walks to Addison Russell and Zobrist. Happ then singled to center to bring them in.

Neither starter was sharp. Richard allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in six innings while walking five and striking out four. Chatwood went five innings, allowing three runs and five hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.

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Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-8, 3.93) is scheduled to start Saturday night. He’s coming off his best start of the season, when he allowed just an unearned run on five hits in in 8 1/3 innings. He didn’t factor into the decision as the Cubs lost 2-1 in 11 innings.

Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (1-3, 7.09) is scheduled to make his third start since being recalled from Triple-A El Paso.

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