Schwarber, Rizzo HR homer, Cubs hold off Padres 5-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo homered in a five-run second inning and the Chicago Cubs hung on from there to beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Saturday.
Jason Heyward added three hits and an RBI for the NL Central leaders.
Kyle Hendricks (8-9) allowed four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings to win his second straight start. He struck out seven and walked none.
The Chicago bullpen backed Hendricks with 3 1/3 hitless innings. Steve Cishek and Brandon Kintzler combined to retire seven straight batters, and Pedro Strop worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.
Austin Hedges homered for the second straight day and had two RBIs for the Padres.
Walker Lockett (0-2) allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings for the loss after replacing scheduled San Diego starter Joey Lucchesi. The left-hander did his pregame work and then was scratched because of an illness and sent back to the team hotel. He’s expected to start on Sunday.
Schwarber’s solo homer in the second opened the scoring. Later in the inning, Addison Russell made it 2-0 with a run-scoring single and Rizzo followed with a two-run shot for a 4-0 lead. Heyward capped the five-run burst with an RBI single.
San Diego was hitless through the first three innings before closing the gap with a three-run fourth. After Travis Jankowski led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Hendricks, Manuel Margot hit an RBI double and Hunter Renfroe had a sacrifice fly. Hedges’ solo homer made it 5-3.
The Padres made it 5-4 in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Hedges.
The Padres put LF Wil Myers on the 10-day DL with a left foot bone bruise before the game. The move is retroactive to Friday. OF Franmil Reyes was recalled from Triple-A El Paso. Reyes has played 38 games for the Padres this season, batting .221 with six home runs and eight RBIs in 104 at-bats.
Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (triceps and elbow injuries) threw a 55-pitch bullpen on Saturday. He said he was pain-free and “very optimistic” about returning to the rotation this season. He has made just eight starts this season and last pitched on May 20.
Cubs ace Jon Lester (12-4, 3.22 ERA) looks to bounce back from a recent rough stretch in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 7.07 ERA in his last three starts. Lucchesi (5-6, 3.74) goes for the Padress.