Baseball / Sports

Cubs turn back Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The task of embarking on a stretch of 20 road games during a 26-game span didn't seem to faze Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta.

"We're at this point, most of us are comfortable living out of a suitcase," Arrieta said before pitching six innings of four-hit ball to lead the Cubs to a 5-1 victory at San Diego.

"The travel isn't a big deal. You find ways to deal with it. Normally, coming from the West Coast is the toughest thing to do But any time we go east to west, it's easier to handle that way."

Arrieta was supported by Anthony Rizzo, who ripped a two-run home run in the top of the fourth.

Arrieta, who had lasted only four innings in each of his past two starts, regained effectiveness of his curve to strike out seven in a 94-pitch outing. His only blemish was a home run to Seth Smith with two out in the first.

Rizzo ripped his home run off left-hander Eric Stults after Junior Lake led off the inning with a bunt single down the third base line.

Rizzo is batting .300 (15 for 50) with four home runs and 12 RBIs against left-handers this season.

In the fifth, Darwin Barney hit an RBI single to improve his mark to .500 (6 for 12) against Stults, and Emilio Bonifacio hit a single to score Barney. Lake capped the rally with an RBI double.

Carlos Villanueva pitched the final three innings to earn the save and preserve the victory for Arrieta (1-0) as the Cubs improved to 7-15 on the road.

Bench coach Dave Roberts managed the Padres in place of Bud Black, who attended his daughter's graduation from the University of Maryland.

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