CHICAGO – Kevin Correia pitched six scoreless innings and hit an RBI double, leading the San Diego Padres to a 9-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.
Miguel Tejada was 4 for 5 with a double and two RBIs and Chris Denorfia added three hits for the NL West-leading Padres, who have won seven of eight. They moved four games ahead of second-place San Francisco.
After taking two of three from the Giants last weekend, the Padres won behind another strong showing from of one of their starters.
Correia (10-7) allowed five hits and struck out five with one walk. After giving up four hits in the first two innings, he settled down to retire his last eight batters and became the fourth Padres starting pitcher to win at least 10 games this season.
The right-hander escaped a major jam in the first and improved to 5-1 since the All-Star break with a 3.00 ERA in six starts.
The usually dependable San Diego bullpen struggled, however, yielding two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth. It took five relievers to secure the win. Mike Adams got one out in the eighth and closer Heath Bell finished up with a perfect ninth.
Alfonso Soriano hit an RBI double in the eighth and Blake Dewitt followed with a two-run homer for the Cubs, who have lost seven of eight at home.
Chicago starter Tom Gorzelanny (6-7) was tagged for five runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. He didn't allow a hit until a leadoff single by Tejada in the fourth.
Gorzelanny retired the first two batters in the fifth but allowed a single to Denorfia before Correia helped himself with a double down the left-field line. Denorfia scored from first, just beating the relay throw to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.
Correia came into the game with a .108 batting average and only two doubles in 176 major league at-bats.
The Padres helped out Correia in the next two innings. Tejada led off the sixth with a single and advanced to third on Adrian Gonzalez's single. Ryan Ludwick followed with a sacrifice fly.
In the seventh, Tony Gwynn Jr. pinch-hit for Correia and reached safely on a bunt. Gwynn stole second and scored on Tejada's double. Gonzalez chased Gorzelanny with an RBI single. After a walk to Yorvit Torrealba, Cubs reliever Justin Berg gave up an RBI single to Chase Headley that gave the Padres a 5-0 lead.
Kosuke Fukudome had a two-run double for Chicago in the seventh, his third hit of the game.
The Padres got those two runs back in the eighth against reliever Andrew Cashner. Denorfia singled and advanced to third on Gwynn's double. During Tejada's at-bat, Denorfia scored on Cashner's wild pitch. Tejada drove in Gwynn with a single.
Denorfia's two-run triple in the ninth made it 9-5.
NOTES: RHP Chris Young threw 64 pitches in a bullpen session, according to Padres manager Bud Black. Young went on the disabled list April 12 with a strained shoulder. He had arthroscopic surgery last August and has made only one start this season. ... Cubs SS Starlin Castro had the night off. He leads all rookies with a .314 batting average. ... Cubs 1B Derrek Lee missed the game with a bulging disk in his lower back. He is day-to-day. ... Chicago's bullpen has allowed earned runs in eight of the last nine games.