SAN DIEGO (AP) — Will Venable had three hits and three RBIs, including a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, and the San Diego Padres rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-6 on Friday night.
Jedd Gyorko homered twice and drove in a career-high four runs as the Padres stormed back after a terrible start. Chase Headley and Logan Forsythe had two hits apiece.
Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer in Chicago’s six-run first inning, but that was all the scoring for the Cubs.
Nick Vincent (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win and Huston Street got three outs for his 25th save in 26 chances.
It was a remarkable turnaround from the first inning, when San Diego appeared to be headed for a long night when the first eight batters reached against Edinson Volquez.
Leadoff batter Starlin Castro reached on a throwing error by third baseman Chase Headley, moved to second on Anthony Rizzo’s single and scored on Dioner Navarro’s base hit. Schierholtz then connected for his 19th homer to make it 4-0.