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Padres rout Cubs 13-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2014 at 9:30 am •  Published: July 25, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — You would never know the San Diego Padres have the lowest team batting average in the major leagues by the way they hit against the Chicago Cubs and starter Edwin Jackson.

The light-hitting Padres broke out for a season-best nine runs in the sixth inning in a 13-3 rout of the Cubs on Thursday night. It followed a 14-hit performance in an 8-3 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

San Diego starter Tyson Ross (9-10) struck out a career-high 11, allowed one run, five hits and one walk in six innings. He reach a career high in wins after going 3-2 in five July starts, giving up just four earned runs in 35 innings.

San Diego led 3-1 entering the sixth. After the first two Padres reached base, Jackson (5-11) was pulled because of cramping in his right hand and was replaced by Brian Schlitter.

"I felt pretty good and then all of a sudden you go and you can't throw a fastball for a strike with my finger cramping," Jackson said.

Then the roof caved in on the Cubs, who were victims of San Diego's previous season-best offensive output on May 23 when the Padres beat them and Jackson 11-1.

Rene Rivera had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs. Will Venable had three hits and two RBIs, and Alexi Amarista and Chris Nelson also drove in two runs apiece with singles in the sixth-inning outburst.

The first nine Padres reached base in the sixth as San Diego, which carried an major league-worst .215 batting average into the game, sent 15 men to the plate.

"I thought we tried everything we could to minimize the damage, but it ended up kind of escalating," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "It seemed like no matter who we used today it kept getting away. It kind of steamrolled."

Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena and Chris Coghlan drove in Chicago's runs.

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