Winless against Volquez during his career, the Cubs hope to change that while looking for their fifth win in six games Tuesday night against the visiting Padres.
The Cubs (10-15) have won five of seven and their pitchers have allowed three or fewer runs in six of those contests. Their bullpen has a 1.39 ERA in 12 games after posting a 6.06 ERA in the first 13."For whatever reason, the guys are getting the job done and getting the big outs with whomever I bring out at the time," manager Dale Sveum said.
The Cubs' 85 runs are still among the fewest in the majors, but they received some timely hitting Monday. Scott Hairston and Ransom hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, and Ransom drove home the go-ahead run in the sixth. Barney followed with his second two-out RBI double of the night.
Ransom was San Diego's opening-day third baseman, but the team designated him for assignment after he started 0 for 11. He's 6 for 13 with two homers and three RBIs in four games since Chicago claimed him off waivers.
The Cubs have won four in a row and six of seven at home against the Padres (9-16), but Volquez (1-3, 6.39 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts against them. The right-hander has not faced Chicago since 2011 with Cincinnati, but is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts at Wrigley Field.
Volquez yielded 17 runs in 12 1-3 inning to lose his first three starts, but allowed two over 13 frames of the last two. He scattered five hits without a walk in seven scoreless innings of a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday."We've seen the good in the year and a month that he (Volquez) has been here," Black told the Padres' official website. "No doubt he struggled in a couple of his five starts this season. I thought he pitched well. Last week in San Francisco (two runs allowed in six innings of a 3-2 loss) this was a carryover and obviously a much better performance."
Chicago counters with Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.76), who tries for a sixth time to earn his first win as a Cub.
The right-hander allowed three runs in six innings but continued to struggle with his control and walked four during a 4-3 win at Miami on Thursday. His 15 walks and 17.5 pitches per inning both rank among the highest in the majors.
Jackson is 0-3 with a 3.99 ERA in six starts versus San Diego.
Everth Cabrera had three hits Monday for the Padres, who had their four-game winning streak end.
The San Diego shortstop is 10 for 18 (.556) with three doubles in the last five road games. He's batting .429 (9 for 21) in five at Wrigley.
|San Diego Padres|
|April 21, 2013||Kyle Blanks||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder injury|
|April 20, 2013||Clayton Richard||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|April 18, 2013||Tyson Ross||15-Day DL||Left shoulder subluxation|
|April 16, 2013||Cameron Maybin||15-Day DL||Right wrist impingement|
|April 09, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Left game - right wrist|
|March 30, 2013||Cory Luebke||60-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|April 14, 2013||Steve Clevenger||60-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|April 13, 2013||Steve Clevenger||Day-to-Day||Left oblique injury|
|April 13, 2013||Kyuji Fujikawa||15-Day DL||Strained right forearm|
|March 31, 2013||Darwin Barney||15-Day DL||Left knee laceration|
|March 31, 2013||Scott Baker||60-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|March 31, 2013||Darwin Barney||15-Day DL||Left knee laceration|
CHICAGO (AP) -- Carlos Quentin and Edinson Volquez must really enjoy playing at Wrigley Field.
Quentin homered and drove in three runs and Volquez (2-3) improved to 3-0 at Wrigley in leading the San Diego Padres to a 13-7 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night.
Quentin was 3 for 4 with the home run and two doubles. He is 34 for 101 (.337) with nine homers against the Cubs in his career.
Volquez worked 5 2-3 innings and allowed four runs while striking out three in his first outing against Chicago while with San Diego. Volquez is 5-0 in seven career starts against the Cubs, including 3-0 on their iconic home field.
"Sometimes you feel really comfortable in some ballparks," Volquez said. "For some reason I get comfortable here."
Volquez said that even extended to Tuesday night, when the teams combined for seven home runs and the wind was blowing out from the south at game time.
Though a pitcher not minding that is unusual, it wasn't surprising to see San Diego's players enjoy the conditions.
The Padres, who had a four-game winning streak snapped Monday, have won five of their last six games. Their run total - the most they've ever scored at Wrigley - and their 17 hits were both season highs.
Yonder Alonso and Nick Hundley both had three hits and a home run for San Diego.
The Padres broke the game open with five runs in the fifth, all charged to Cubs starter Edwin Jackson , to take an 8-0 lead. Alonso's two-run homer gave the Padres a 7-0 lead, while Chase Headley and Quentin had RBI doubles in the inning.
"We get a combination of power and two-out hits all the way up and down the lineup. Everybody got involved, so everybody's driving in runs," Hundley said. "It's contagious."
It even spread to Volquez, whose sharp single in the fifth gave San Diego an 8-0 lead.
That RBI was just a footnote for the right-hander, who won his second straight start after beating Milwaukee on April 24 with seven shutout innings. Tuesday continued Volquez's recovery from a tough beginning to the season that saw him start 0-3 with an 11.68 ERA.
Volquez's walk of Dave Sappelt to lead off the sixth ended a streak of 13 consecutive innings without allowing a base on balls.
"Overall, I thought Eddie threw the ball fine. Tough night to pitch," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Wind blowing out, conditions favorable for the offense but the first four innings I thought were outstanding."
Volquez's first tough inning was the fifth.
Leading 8-0, he allowed Luis Valbuena and Starlin Castro to hit two-run home runs, cutting San Diego's lead in half. With one out in the inning, a Julio Borbon line drive hit Volquez in the left foot. Volquez made the play to get Borbon at first and stayed in the game.
In the sixth, Volquez walked Sappelt then Valbuena and Darwin Barney with two outs to load the bases and end his night at 96 pitches. Dale Thayer then replaced Volquez, and finished the inning by getting Julio Borbon to fly out to right.
"I think he's a lot more focused on executing the pitch instead of just letting the stuff get people out," Hundley said. "I knew he felt good just how his bullpen was before the game. His first couple pitches I was like, yeah, he's got it going."
Jackson (0-4) did not have it going for the Cubs.
The right-hander is still seeking his first win since signing a four-year, $52 million contract in the offseason. He pitched 4 2-3 innings, giving up 11 hits and eight runs, and was booed off the field when he was removed by Cubs manager Dale Sveum .
"I would've probably booed myself as well," Jackson said.
Sveum said Jackson "didn't make a lot of quality pitches when he had to."
"We just have to keep plugging away with him and get him straightened out," Sveum said.
NOTES: Mark Kotsay was in right field for the Padres, his first start since April 22 against Milwaukee. Before Tuesday, Kotsay had two at-bats in San Diego's last six games, both strikeouts. Chris Denorfia moved to center. . Wednesday's pitching matchup is San Diego's Andrew Cashner (1-1, 3.26 ERA) against the Cubs' Scott Feldman (1-3, 2.92). Cashner was a first-round pick by the Cubs in 2008 and was traded to San Diego for Anthony Rizzo in January 2012. . Sveum said he's got a closer but he "doesn't know who it's going to be every night." ... Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to have a bullpen session Thursday, and if that goes well he will begin a rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A Iowa. Fujikawa has been on the disabled list since April 13 with a right forearm strain. . Padres reliever Robbie Erlin made his big-league debut in the ninth, allowing two runs, including a solo home run to former Padre Cody Ransom .