Alonso, Padres use four-run rally in 8th to top Cubs 4-2
BY GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com May 2, 2013 4:20PM
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 02: A ball drops between Darwin Barney (L) and Julio Borbon #20 of the Chicago Cubs on a hit by Yonder Alonso #23 of the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning on May 2, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Cubs pitcher Travis Wood had a two-hit shutout and two-run lead with two outs in the eighth inning Thursday at Wrigley Field.
And it all went downhill from there for the left-hander and the Cubs.
Pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso’s popup to shallow right glanced off right-fielder Julio Borbon’s glove after a long run, for a run-scoring single – opening a four-run rally for the San Diego Padres to beat the Cubs 4-2 in the finale of a four-game series.
Following Alonso’s walk, relievers Shawn Camp and James Russell combined to allow, in order, a run-scoring passed ball, walk, run-scoring single, stolen base, run-scoring single and hit batter before the 10th batter of the inning -- Jesus Guzman – struck out.
On a day he retired the first 14 batters he faced, Wood (2-2) wound up with the loss.
Scott Hairston’s two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh gave the Cubs the late lead before the ugly eighth.
The Cubs and Padres split the series.