SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Adam Eaton rounded second base and saw the ball
still rolling around in the left-field corner, so he barreled
One headfirst slide later, the pitcher had his first career
triple. He had a good night on the mound, too, winning his
career-best seventh straight decision as the San Diego Padres beat
Chicago 6-2 on Friday night, snapping the Cubs' seven-game winning
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said he was nervous watching the
right-hander being so aggressive.
"I'm a little nervous as well," Eaton said. "Obviously, I'm
not as fast as I used to be, but the ball kept rolling out there in
left field. I decided to go and I ended up being safe."
Eaton finished with two hits and two runs.
"That's the way he plays," Bochy said. "He likes to use his
legs and take an extra base. He's a good baserunner."
The NL West-leading Padres rebounded after losing consecutive
games at home for the first time this season. Chicago's six-game
road winning streak ended.
Cubs right-hander Sergio Mitre (0-1), who went to San Diego City
College a few blocks away, was chased in the fifth, when he allowed
Eaton (8-1) has seven wins and two no-decisions in his last nine
starts. The right-hander hasn't lost since April 16 at the Los
Angeles Dodgers. He allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings,
struck out four and walked three.
Akinori Otsuka entered with the bases loaded in the eighth and
got four outs for his first save.
Eaton was happier with the way he pitched than with the way he
ran the bases.
"The bullpen's been used up the last few days. It seems like
they have some weary arms down there, and I was happy to get
through seven innings," he said.
Still, his triple was the highlight.
Eaton singled and scored in the fifth, then tripled with one out
in the sixth, sliding in ahead of the throw from Hollandsworth.
"I grew up playing the game like any other kid, sliding
headfirst and being creative trying to avoid tags," Eaton said.
"If you try to play the game conservatively, you're doing yourself
and your team an injustice. You've got to go out there and do your
best at all times, and make them stop you. I was fortunate enough
to be safe."
Eaton was so winded he didn't have the legs to score on Dave
Roberts' fly ball to left.
"My right leg pretty much gave way when I tried to go home,"
He scored on Geoff Blum's single to right-center to make it 6-2.
"He's been tough on us," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "But
he's been tough on a lot of people. He beat us with his arm and his
bat. It was Eaton's night tonight."
A throwing error by shortstop Neifi Perez on a potential
inning-ending double play led to four runs with two outs in the
fifth. The runs were earned because the official scorer can't
assume a double play.
Eaton singled with one out and Roberts beat out a bunt after
Lee, the first baseman, fell down retreating to cover the bag. Lee
fielded Blum's grounder and forced Roberts at second, but Perez's
throw back to first sailed wide, allowing Eaton to score and
putting Blum on second.
Consecutive walks to Ryan Klesko and Brian Giles loaded the
bases before Phil Nevin hit a two-run single to chase Mitre.
Roberto Novoa came on and allowed Ramon Hernandez's second RBI
single to make it 5-2.
Michael Barrett hit a two-run single for the Cubs in the second,
and Hernandez had an RBI single in the fourth.
Mitre allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking
Bochy said there was just a 50-50 chance that ace Jake
Peavy will make his scheduled start Sunday against Carlos Zambrano.
Trainer Jim Daniel said Peavy has a bacterial infection and is on
antibiotics. Peavy was at the ballpark before Friday night's game,
but he took his medication and went home. If he can't start Sunday,
RHP Woody Williams will come off the DL and start. ... Lee made his
first out in 11 plate appearances when he grounded to third in the
first inning. ... After missing eight straight starts with a
strained left quadriceps, Padres 3B Sean Burroughs was back in the
lineup. ... Perez singled in the seventh to extend his hitting
streak to 12 games.