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Rizzo, Hendricks carry Cubs over Padres

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Rizzo clubbed two home runs to set a 
new  single-season  career high and  Kyle Hendricks  picked up his first major 
league  win  as the  Chicago Cubs  blanked the  San Diego  Padres, 6-0, in the 
opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. 

Hendricks  (1-0),  who was recalled from  Triple-A Iowa to make his second big 
league  start, held the  Padres to five hits over seven innings. He struck out 
five and walked three. 

"Definitely  the  best day  of my  life," Hendricks  said. "First major league 
win, it's what you work for since you were a little kid playing T-ball." 

Justin Ruggiano had two RBI and Arismendy Alcantara also homered for the Cubs, 
who snapped a five-game losing streak. 

San Diego starter Eric Stults (3-12) matched Minnesota's Kevin Correia for the 
most  losses in  the majors  after allowing  three runs  on six  hits in  five 
innings. 

The Padres have dropped four of their last six. 

Chicago  quickly  loaded the  bases thanks  to two walks  and a double against 
Stults,  who  limited the damage  in the first  inning to a Ruggiano sacrifice 
fly. 

Rizzo  made it 2-0 when he crushed Stults' first offering in the third to deep 
right field. It was his 24th home run of the season, giving him a new personal 
best. 

Chicago  extended its lead in the fifth as Starlin Castro hit a two-out double 
and scored on a Ruggiano base hit. 

The Padres had two aboard for the third time in the game in the sixth, but the 
Cubs turned their third inning-ending double play. 

Chicago  made  the game a rout  with a three-run seventh against Blaine Boyer. 
Alcantara  and Rizzo  hit back-to-back homers, and Welington Castillo added an 
RBI double. 

"He's  a talent.  He's a good player.  They're giving him his at-bats and he's 
producing," Padres manager Bud Black said about Rizzo. 

                                   Game Notes 

Rizzo had 23 homers in 160 games last season ... The Padres swung a trade with 
the  New  York Yankees before  the game, acquiring infielder Yangervis Solarte 
and  pitcher  Rafael De Paula in  exchange for third baseman Chase Headley and 
cash  considerations  ...  In  addition  to calling  up  Hendricks,  the Cub
activated  infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio (strained right oblique) from 
the  15-day  disabled list, designated  infielder Darwin Barney for assignment 
and optioned pitcher Zac Rosscup to Iowa ... The teams split four games in San 
Diego from May 22-25.

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