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Darvish returns to Wrigley, lifts Padres over Cubs 4-1

Darvish returns to Wrigley, lifts Padres over Cubs 4-1

CHICAGO (AP) – Yu Darvish pitched a season-high eight five-run innings, Manny Machado hit a game-breaking single, and Eric Hosmer hit a two-run double to cap a three-run eighth inning as the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Monday night.

Darvish (6-3), pitching at Wrigley Field for the first time since the Cubs traded him to the Padres as the centerpiece of a seven-man trade on Dec. 29, 2020, did not allow a runner to pass second base after Yan Gomes hit a home run in the second.

Taylor Rogers threw a perfect ninth inning for his 19th save.

The Padres (38-24) have won for the fifth time in their last seven games. The Cubs (23-37) have lost seven straight games, tying their longest slip since Sept. 21-28, 2021.

The start of the game was delayed an hour and 25 minutes due to rain which resulted in tornado sirens throughout the Chicagoland area.

Cubs left-hander Justin Steele received medical attention after a hitter failed to field a hard ground from Jake Cronenworth with his bare hands in the first. Steele stayed in the game, but the Cubs had two left-handed relievers warming up late in the inning.

Steele threw seven one-run innings while throwing 60 of 77 pitches for strikes.

However, the Padres jumped on reliever Rowan Wick (1-2), with Machado picking up his 1,499th career hit and scoring an insurance run on Hosmer’s brace.

After Gomes homered, Darvish struck out 11 straight batters until shortstop Ha-Seong Kim blew up a grounder.

Steele found a similar rhythm, striking out nine of the next ten batters after allowing back-to-back singles for Kim and Trent Grisham to open the fifth.

Since allowing seven runs in two sets of a 20-5 loss at Cincinnati on May 26, Steele has posted a 2.84 ERA in his last three starts.

Darvish allowed a pair of two-out hits to Christopher Morel and Willson Contreras in the eighth but knocked out Ian Happ to finish the eighth and complete performance of 107 pitches, one shy of his season-high. Darvish has allowed a run without walking in his last two starts spanning 14 innings.

Darvish, who pitched for the Cubs from 2018-20, lost to the Cubs 3-1 at Petco Park on June 9, 2021, in his only other start against them since the trade.

With the win, Darvish beat every team except the Orioles (0-1) and Rangers (no single start decision).

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Padre’s player development consultant Mike Shildt, who led the Cardinals for 3½ seasons (2018-2021), has joined the coaching staff to assist interim manager Ryan Flaherty. “You can’t say enough about what (Shildt) means to me,” said Flaherty, filling in as manager while Bob Melvin and bench coach Ryan Christenson remain under COVID-19 protocols.


The Cubs haven’t named a starter for Wednesday, but top prospect Caleb Kilian remains a possibility as long as the Cubs put a pitcher on the disabled list. The Cubs drafted Kilian on June 5 and last pitched for Triple-A Iowa on July 10.


Padres: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (fractured left wrist) underwent a bone scan to determine if he can start swinging a bat.


Cubs: LHP Eric Stout was selected from Triple-A Iowa. Stout grew up 28 miles from Wrigley Field. LHP Sean Newcomb was nominated for the assignment.


Padres: LHP Sean Manaea (3-3, 3.52) will face the Cubs on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Manaea allowed two runs through seven innings in a 13-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-5, 5.22) will face the Padres on Tuesday. Hendricks allowed three runs in five innings in the Cubs’ 4-3 win over the Brewers on June 1. Hendricks suffers from a sore shoulder.

Darvish returns to Wrigley, lifts Padres over Cubs 4-1

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