Padres sweep season series on Hensley's first career shutout

CHICAGO (AP) -- The more the San Diego Padres play together, the
more they like their chances in the NL West.

Clay Hensley pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout
and Khalil Greene hit a three-run homer to lead San Diego over
Chicago 9-0 Sunday.

The Padres completed a three-game sweep and finished the season
7-0 against the Cubs. Their last sweep at Wrigley came on Sept.
4-6, 1992.

Brian Giles walked five times, tying a major league record in a
nine-inning game for San Diego, which has won 14 of its last 15
games. The Padres also have won eight straight on the road.

After a 9-15 start to the season, San Diego (22-16) has quickly
rebounded to become the top team in its division.

"I think we're starting to become a team. It was a pretty new
team coming into spring training," Hensley said. "A lot of new
guys, a lot of new faces. Everybody is starting to come together as
a team. Guys are swinging it and our pitchers are doing a good job.
It's all coming together for us."

Chicago has lost 14 of its last 16 games.

"Guys got to get together and reach back and find that pride
and get this thing rolling before it's too late," Cubs manager
Dusty Baker said.

Hensley (2-2) retired 11 straight batters before Michael
Barrett's double in the fifth inning. He threw 92 pitches, with two
strikeouts and one intentional walk.

"It feels good. it was a lot of fun. It was a good opportunity
to go deep in the game and give the bullpen a break," Hensley

San Diego started the scoring in the fifth. Josh Barfield
doubled on the first pitch of the inning. After a sacrifice bunt
and a strikeout, Eric Young drove in Barfield with a double to

Rich Hill (0-3), making his third start of the season, walked
Giles to lead off the sixth. After Mike Piazza doubled, Giles
tagged on Greene's sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

Baker then replaced Hill with reliever Scott Williamson. He
allowed a single to Barfield to load the bases, then during Adrian
Gonzalez's at-bat, Williamson threw back-to-back wild pitches
allowing Piazza and Vinny Castilla to score, making it 4-0.

"There is no one to blame. It's definitely not Dusty's fault
that this is going on, or (pitching coach) Larry Rothschild's fault
or any of the player's fault. It is one of those situations that
you get into this rut and sometimes it is really hard to get out of
it," Williamson said.

Hill, (0-3) lasted 5 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and four
hits. He struck out four and walked five.

"This is tough. We can't beat ourselves today and you can't let
that frustration level get to you and stop believing," Hill said.

Greene hit his eighth homer of the season with two runners on in
the seventh inning to make it 8-0 Chicago.

The Padres only loss this month came last Tuesday in 10 innings
to Milwaukee.

"A lot of baseball (left). But we've come a long ways. We were
having our own struggles not to long ago. I couldn't be prouder of
the club the way they've come back. they've shown how resilient
they are," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

Game notes
Several players from both teams used pink bats. Major
League Baseball granted special permission for players to use pink
bats for Mother's Day. It is part of a weeklong program to raise
money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. ... RHP Mark
Prior pitched in a simulated game Sunday. ... The last time a
player had five walks in a game was Barry Bonds on Sept. 25, 2004,
against the Dodgers.