Sánchez's homer, Snell's strong effort carry Padres to 5-0 win over Cubs
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gary Sánchez hit a two-run home run and Blake Snell and three relievers combined on a four-hitter for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 Monday night to salvage a split of a four-game series.
Manny Machado had three hits, scored twice and made a sensational play at third base in his fourth game back from a stint on the injured list with a fractured left hand.
Sánchez, claimed off waivers from the New York Mets a week earlier, hit his third homer in seven games with the Padres when he lined a 2-2 pitch from Kyle Hendricks into the left field seats with one out in the second. Machado was aboard on a leadoff single.
Plate umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected David Ross after the Cubs manager said something from the dugout during Sánchez’s at-bat. Ross came out and continued the argument for a few minutes. He was replaced by Andy Green, who managed the Padres from 2016-19.
Matt Carpenter and Ha-Seong Kim followed with consecutive doubles to make it 3-0. Machado doubled with two outs in the third and scored on Jake Cronenworth’s opposite-field single to left. Matt Carpenter hit a bases-loaded drive to the center field fence for a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Snell (2-6) allowed just two singles and walked three in six innings while striking out eight.
Hendricks (0-2) had three pitch clock violations while allowing four runs and six hits in six innings.
In the third, Machado made a backhanded stop of Seiya Suzuki’s grounder and, as his momentum carried him several steps into foul territory, turned and made the long throw to first to end the inning.
Padres: CF Trent Grisham was a late scratch with lower back spasms. Fernando Tatis Jr. moved from right to center and Brandon Dixon played right. … SS Xander Bogaerts was out of the lineup for a second straight game due to his troublesome left wrist. He said he hopes to be back on Tuesday night. He’s been bothered since being hit on the wrist by a pitch from Atlanta’s Spencer Strider on April 18. Bogaerts had a cortisone shot during spring training and said it’s too soon to get another one. … Roughned Odor was batting leadoff and playing second base three nights after straining his left groin running to first base on a single.
Cubs: RHP Hayden Wesneski (2-2, 4.81 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels, who will counter with LHP Tyler Anderson (2-1, 5.47).
Padres: RHP Joe Musgrove (3-2, 4.71) is set to go Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series against the Seattle Mariners, who will send RHP Logan Gilbert (3-3, 4.08) to the mound.
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