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Baez ties career-high in homers as Cubs beat the Padres 5-4
Saturday Aug 04, 2018 12:00am

(CHICAGO) - He's already an All-Star, but Javier Baez keeps finding ways to shine even brighter. Baez tied his career high with his 23rd homer and took over the National League lead with 84 RBI, helping the Chicago Cubs defeat the San Diego Padres5-4 on Friday. The infielder also tripled and threw out a runner at home in the eighth inning as the Cubs survived a late bullpen meltdown. Baez, who's batting .299, is at the top of National League MVP candidates, at least as far as his teammates are concerned. Anthony Rizzo homered and had three hits. Ben Zobrist drove in two runs for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who entered one game ahead of Milwaukee. Jose Quintana (10-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving with a 3-1 lead. Pedro Strop nearly wasted a 5-2 advantage, allowing Cory Spangenberg's RBI double and Travis Jankowski's run-scoring grounder before third baseman David Bote threw out Spangenberg at the plate trying to score on Manuel Margot's grounder. Baez had thrown out Jankowski at the plate in the eighth when Jankowski tried to score on Hunter Renfroe's grounder to second. Strop struck out pinch-hitter Austin Hedges with a man on for his sixth save in nine chances. Tyson Ross (6-9) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings as the Padres lost for the eighth time in their last nine games. San Diego is an NL-worst 43-69.

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