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CHICAGO (AP) — Earlier than Friday’s sport in opposition to San Diego, a Nine-year-old boy named Mateo met Anthony Rizzo within the Chicago Cubs’ dugout and gave him a observe requesting a “moonshot” on behalf of workforce attending a charity working match of the Anthony Rizzo Circle of relatives Basis this weekend.

Rizzo adopted with a go-ahead grand slam, his first house run since June 15.

“That was once for him,” Rizzo, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, mentioned after the Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to overcome the Padres 6-Five. “That is in reality particular for him to return and dangle available in the market.”

Javier Báez additionally homered for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who’ve gained six of 7 for the reason that All-Superstar destroy. Chicago overcame an early house run through Manny Machado that constructed a Three-Zero lead.

Josh Naylor tied the rating Five-Five within the 8th inning in opposition to Pedro Strop (2-Three) along with his first profession pinch homer, however the Cubs went again forward within the backside part.

Rizzo singled off Craig Stammen (6-Five), rookie shortstop Fernandez Tatis Jr. threw Addison Russell’s grounder into middle subject for an error, Jason Heyward was once deliberately walked and David Bote hit a grounder to 3rd. Machado threw house for a forceout and catcher Francisco Mejia threw to first, although he did not have a play on Bote. The ball hit off the glove of first baseman Eric Hosmer and bounced into quick appropriate subject as Rizzo scored on Hosmer’s error.

“A pair younger guys taking part in in reality speedy, seeking to do particular issues, and now and again the ones performs simply are not there,” Padres supervisor Andy Inexperienced mentioned. “If you will make errors within the subject, errors of aggression are the easier roughly errors.”

Craig Kimbrel struck out 3 round a four-pitch stroll within the 9th for his 5th save in six possibilities. San Diego has misplaced 5 of six and 11 of 15.

Jon Lester made his 400th large league look and coupled his profession top through permitting 12 hits, giving up 4 runs in six innings. He wanted 26 pitches to get in the course of the first on a day with a 93-degree temperature at sport time.

“Yeah, it was once depressing,” Lester mentioned.

Padres left-hander Eric Lauer gave up 4 runs, 5 hits and 3 walks in Four 2/Three innings in his first look since July Five. Lauer had long past on bereavement depart following the loss of life of his father. He remained within the sport after he was once hit at the again through Albert Almora Jr.’s unmarried within the 3rd.

“We now have were given to hit lefties, guy,” Maddon mentioned. “We were given to determine that a part of it out. That is a large a part of transferring down the street.”

Hunter Renfroe hit a sacrifice fly within the first and Machado made it Three-Zero within the 3rd along with his 24th homer, a two-run pressure.

Rizzo’s fourth profession slam put Chicago forward within the backside part.

Mejía tied the rating with an RBI double within the 5th, and Báez hit an opposite-field homer to right-center within the backside part.

HELP WANTED

Chcago figures to be out there for a left-handed reliever earlier than the business closing date. The go back of Carl Edwards Jr. (strained left thoracic) from the IL left seven righties amongst 8 relievers. LHP Randy Rosario was once optioned to Triple-A Iowa. “It is at all times great to have a couple of,” supervisor Joe Maddon mentioned.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Supervisor Andy Inexperienced was once positive RHP Garrett Richards (Tommy John surgical procedure remaining July) will probably be to be had in past due August. “He is on a somewhat fast trail, all issues thought to be,” Inexperienced mentioned. “I believe we are all desirous about that chance.”

Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (strained left indirect) took phase in gentle throwing and was once scheduled for some other bullpen consultation this weekend. … C Willson Contreras (sprained appropriate arch) remained on tempo to go back from the IL when eligible Wednesday.

UP NEXT

LHP Joey Lucchesi (7-Four) is scheduled to start out Saturday for San Diego. LHP José Quintana (7-7) has gained 3 immediately begins for the Cubs.

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