Piazza, with four hits, leads Padres past sloppy Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- The first hit was a check-swing RBI single in the
first inning. The rest were more vintage Mike Piazza.

The veteran catcher had his first four-hit game of the season
and the San Diego Padres won for the 12th time in 13 games, beating
the slumping Chicago Cubs 10-5 on Friday.

"When you get a broken-bat hit or half swing, it gives you
momentum. Your confidence is picked up a little bit," Piazza said.

Piazza doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth. And the Padres
broke the game open with five runs in the fifth, thanks to three
errors by the Cubs, who have dropped 12 of 14. Friday's loss was
their fifth to the Padres in a week.

San Diego's Dave Roberts extended his hitting streak to 10
games, going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs. Brian Sweeney (2-0)
allowed one run in three innings of relief, after starter Woody
Williams strained his left calf running the bases in the second.

Williams had an MRI after the game and was headed to the
disabled list.

"He's going to be out a while," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We
just don't know for how long. We're going to talk about what we're
going to do from here."

Williams walked with two outs in the second inning and came up
limping as he approached third base on a ground-rule double by
Roberts. Clay Hensley pinch-ran for Williams, and Mike Cameron
struck out to end the inning.

Sweeney relieved Williams, who allowed one run and two hits.

Chicago's Glendon Rusch (1-5) gave up six runs -- five earned --
in 1 2-3 innings of relief.

"It was the result you expect from a day when you don't make
quality pitches," Rusch said.

Piazza, batting .220 entering the game, drove in Roberts with a
double to left with two outs in the fourth to give the Padres a 3-2
lead. Piazza's last four-hit game was last season with the Mets on
May 18 against Cincinnati.

The game turned ugly for the Cubs in the fifth.

Vinny Castilla led off with a single, and things unraveled from
there. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a single, and shortstop Ronny
Cedeno -- thinking he had called timeout -- threw the ball out of
play toward the third base dugout, and the runners advanced to
second and third.

With the bases loaded and one out, two runs scored when second
baseman Neifi Perez threw wildly to first trying to complete a
double play on Roberts.

Roberts wound up at second and stole third. He scored on
Cameron's double and exchanged words with Cubs catcher Michael
Barrett as he crossed the plate. Brian Giles then chased Rusch with
a single that made it 7-2.

Scott Williamson relieved, and Piazza singled. Left fielder Matt
Murton allowed Giles to score when he misplayed Khalil Greene's
sinking line drive, before Castilla grounded out to end the inning.

"I can't really comment on the whole matter right now,"
Barrett said of his exchange with Roberts. "It was a really
frustrating loss."

Roberts, who thought Barrett was angry at him for stealing
third, insisted he was not trying to show up the Cubs. He also said
he has "nothing but respect" for Barrett.

"I respect those guys over there," Roberts said. "I've known
Michael for a long time and he's a heck of a player. I just think
they're frustrated over there. They're not playing the baseball
they want to play."

Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the eighth for the Padres to
make it 10-4.

In their first game back at Wrigley Field after a 1-8 trip, the
Cubs heard it from their fans. Rusch was serenaded by boos as he
left the game. But there was plenty of blame to go around.

There was no shortage of frustration in the clubhouse afterward.

Cubs starter Angel Guzman walked five batters, hit one with a
pitch, threw a wild pitch and allowed two runs in three innings.
The rookie has walked 16 batters in 18 innings in four starts since
being called up from Triple-A Iowa.

"It's pretty tough for me," he said. "I have to find that
release point and be consistent with it."

Game notes
The Padres placed catcher Rob Bowen on the 15-day disabled
list with a sprained left thumb and recalled outfielder-first
baseman Paul McAnulty from Triple-A Portland on Friday. The club
also recalled right-handed pitcher Jon Adkins from Portland and
sent RHP Dewon Brazelton outright to Triple-A. ... Bochy brushed
aside Rick Sutcliffe's rambling and slurred interview during the
local San Diego telecast of Wednesday's game against Milwaukee in
which his microphone was apparently cut off. "It's not like he
cussed," Bochy said. "Lighten up, everybody." ESPN issued an
apology from Sutcliffe on Thursday. ... With a soggy field after a
day of rain, the Cubs kept RF Jacque Jones (groin) out of the
lineup. Jones is batting .340 with three homers and eight RBI in
his last 14 games.