Machado led the offensive vs. Puppies

SAN DIEGO – Manny Machado and Brian O’Grady each hit home runs and drove in three runs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Monday night in the first of three games of the two-game series. of the contenders for the National League scepter.

Machado hit a solo home run and two sacrifice flys, while O’Grady hit a two-run homer and an RBI single.

Ryan Weathers (3-2) took the win after a five-inning effort in which he allowed three plate appearances and five hits, and fanned four.

Chicago starter Adbert Alzolay (4-5) left the mound in the first episode with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand after opening the inning with a walk to Tommy Pham, who reached base four times. A coach and manager, David Ross, jumped onto the diamond to speak briefly with Alzolay before returning to the bench.

The Venezuelan took the loss after throwing 82 pitches in more than three innings, in which he allowed four touchdowns and five hits and conceded as many passes on balls.

For the Cubs, Venezuelans Willson Contreras 4-0; Adbert Alzolay 1-0. The Dominican Sergio Alcántara 2-0, with an produced.

For the Padres, the Dominican Fernando Tatis Jr. 5-0. Jurickson Profar from Curaçao 2-0, with one scored. Puerto Rican Victor Caratini 3-2, with two runs scored.

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