SAN DIEGO (AP) — A rare big night from the Padres' offense overshadowed Tim Stauffer stepping into the depleted rotation and giving San Diego a strong start.
"That was a great lift for the staff," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal homered, and Chase Headley drove in three runs, as the Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Friday night.
The Padres set a season-high in runs and had 12 hits. Everyone but Will Venable had at least one hit among the starting position players.
But with starters Andrew Cashner and Robbie Erlin going on the DL this week with elbow woes, the Padres were in a pickle. They turned to the veteran Stauffer (2-0) and he didn't disappoint.
Making his first start since May 14, 2012 at Washington, Stauffer pitched five shutout innings and gave up two hits.
"And two years from now it should feel pretty good again," Stauffer joked about his time between starts.
"It felt good and after getting through that first inning, the offense really set the tone. After that I was just trying to keep pitches down and eat up some innings and keep the bullpen fresh."
Stauffer struck out five, with a walk and hit batter and earned his win as a starter win since Sept. 16, 2011, against Arizona.
The Padres snapped a four-game losing streak with a performance which was out-of-character for a team which has been shut out eight times, tops in the majors.
"We haven't had many of those games," Black said. "A couple, but not many. When that happens there is a different feeling in the dugout and a different vibe. Everyone wants to get to the bat rack, to start hacking and wanting to get involved."
Edwin Jackson (3-4) took the loss, allowing eight runs and nine hits in just four innings.
The Cubs managed one runner in scoring position through six innings before Welington Castillo drove in Luis Valbuena with a broken-bat single in the seventh. Three relievers completed the five-hitter for San Diego.
The Padres scored four first-inning runs, matching their total from the previous three games.
Seth Smith drove in two with a single and after Headley reached on a fielder's choice, Alonso smacked his second home run of the season. The Padres began Friday averaging 2.98 runs per game, the lowest in the majors.
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