The temperature at Tuesday night's first pitch at Wrigley Field was a stifling 89 degrees, but Anthony Rizzo and rookie Kyle Hendricks have remained strong as the Chicago Cubs seized a 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres.
Rizzo set a career high by hitting his 24th and 25th home runs and took over the National League lead. Rizzo has hit five home runs in four games since the All-Star break.
Hendricks, making his second major league start, has induced three inning-ending double plays while needing only 83 pitches through seven innings. Hendricks struck out five and walked three before he was replaced by Pedro Strop.
Emilio Bonifacio, in his first game off the 15-day disabled list, has hit a double and single while showing no effects from an oblique strain that sidelined him for five weeks.
Bonifacio scored the Cubs' first run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Justin Ruggiano.
With two out in the fifth, Starlin Castro hit a double -- his first extra base hit since July 4 -- and scored on a bloop single by Justin Ruggiano.
Rookie Arismendy Alcantara and Rizzo hit consecutive home runs in the seventh. Ruggiano hit a single and scored on a double by Welington Castillo but was replaced by Nate Schierholtz in the eighth.
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