CHICAGO -- Mark Kotsay was frustrated after going 0-for-5
with a pair of strikeouts.
"I couldn't wait to get back up there,'' he said. "I battled
and, fortunately, it paid off.''
"This is a game that we should have won, but it got away from
us,'' Cubs interim manager Bruce Kim said.
Chicago lost for the seventh time in eight games, including
three in a row. The Cubs struck out 20 times in all.
"Some of that is on us, some of that is on the pitchers,''
Corey Patterson said. "They made some good pitches.''
Kyle Farnsworth (3-3) entered to start the 11th and gave up both
"This is one of those things that you got to deal with,'' he
said. "You have to have a short memory in the bullpen.''
Oliver Perez, San Diego's 20-year-old starter, struck out 10 to
reach double digits for just the second time in his career. The
left-hander gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in five
Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano allowed five runs and eight hits in
3 1/3 innings. He left the game with soreness in a right upper-arm
Gant homered in the second, and Klesko and Nevin hit consecutive
home runs in the third, tying the score. Klesko had a two-run
drive, and Nevin's shot went over the left-field seats onto
"We felt pretty good about ourselves after that,'' Nevin said.
Chicago tied it in the sixth after Patterson struck out but
reached on Jeremy Fikac's wild pitch. Gonzalez doubled to left, and
Gant's error allowed a run to score. After another wild pitch by
Fikac, Chris Stynes hit a sacrifice fly.
"Whoever would've lost, you're going to be sitting there,
scratching your head, thinking about what you could've done,''
San Diego hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time
this season. ... The Padres traded RHPs Steve Reed and Jason
Middlebrook to the New York Mets for LHP Bobby M. Jones, RHP Josh
Reynolds and OF Jay Bay. ... Alou didn't play due to tightness in
his right calf.