Padres 10, Cubs 5


CHICAGO – Mike Piazza had his first four-hit game of the season and the San Diego Padres won for the 12th time in 13 games, beating the slumping Chicago Cubs 10-5 on Friday.

Piazza doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth. And the Padres broke open the game with five runs in the fifth, thanks to three errors by the Cubs, who have lost 12 of 14 games.

San Diego’s Dave Roberts extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs. And Brian Sweeney (2-0) allowed one run in three innings of relief, after starter Woody Williams strained his left calf running the bases in the second.

Chicago’s Glendon Rusch (1-5) allowed six runs (five earned) in 1 2-3 innings of relief.

Piazza, batting .220 entering the game, drove in Roberts with a double to left with two out in the fourth to give the Padres a 3-2 lead. Piazza’s last four-hit game was last season with the Mets on May 18 against Cincinnati.

Things turned ugly for the Cubs in the fifth.

Vinny Castilla led off with a single, and things unraveled from there. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a single, and shortstop Ronny Cedeno – apparently thinking the play was dead – threw the ball out of play toward the third base dugout, and the runners advanced to second and third.

With the bases loaded and one out, two runs scored when second baseman Neifi Perez threw wildly to first trying to complete a double play on Roberts.

Roberts wound up at second, stole third and scored on Mike Cameron’s double. Giles then knocked out Rusch with a single to center that made it 7-2.

Scott Williamson relieved, and Piazza singled. Left fielder Matt Murton allowed Giles to score when he misplayed Khalil Greene’s line drive, before Castilla grounded out to end the inning.

Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the eighth for the Padres to make it 10-4.

In their first game back at Wrigley Field after a 1-8 trip, the Cubs heard it from their fans. Rusch was serenaded by boos as he left the game. But there was plenty of blame to go around.

Cubs starter Angel Guzman walked five batters, hit one, threw a wild pitch and allowed two runs in three innings.

Williams walked with two out in the second inning and came up limping as he approached third base on a ground-rule double by Roberts. Clay Hensley pinch-ran for Williams, and Cameron struck out to end the inning.

Sweeney relieved Williams, who allowed a run on two hits.

Notes: The Padres placed catcher Rob Bowen on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb and recalled outfielder-first baseman Paul McAnulty from Triple-A Portland on Friday. The club also recalled right-handed pitcher Jon Adkins from Portland and outrighted righty Dewon Brazelton to Triple-A. … Manager Bruce Bochy brushed aside Rick Sutcliffe’s rambling and slurred interview during the local San Diego telecast of Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee in which his microphone was apparently cut off. “It’s not like he cussed,” Bochy said. “Lighten up, everybody.” ESPN issued an apology from Sutcliffe on Thursday. … With a soggy field after a day of rain, the Cubs kept RF Jacque Jones (groin) out of the lineup. Jones is batting .340 with three homers and eight RBIs over his last 14 games. … “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks led the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.

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