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Apr 18, 8:37 PM EDT

Padres' rally falls short in 7-6, 11 inning loss to Cubs


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CHICAGO (AP) -- Padres manager Bud Black is getting used to late-game rallies.

San Diego overcame a four-run deficit in the ninth to force extra innings Saturday, then lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-6 in the 11th.

"We feel as though until the game is over, we're still in it," Black said. "Regardless of the score, it was tough to overcome with the wind blowing in and a four-run deficit, but that says a lot about our guys."

San Diego came from behind to at least tie the score for the third straight game.

With the Padres trailing 6-2, Yonder Alonso and Matt Kemp singled off Phil Coke starting the ninth.

Justin Upton greeted Hector Rondon with a run-scoring single, Will Middlebrooks hit an RBI double, Jedd Gyorko had a run-scoring groundout and pinch-hitter Yangervis Solarte tied the score with a two-out single.

Rondon had converted 17 straight save opportunities since Aug. 5.

Kemp, who is batting .340 with nine RBIs, hit a two-run homer in the first off Kyle Hendricks, who allowed two runs and three hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Kris Bryant got a standing ovation for his first major league hit and reached base five times for the Cubs. A day after Bryant went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his big league debut, he was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and three walks.

"You're always looking for good at-bats and being a good decision-maker. He was that today," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

With the Cubs trailing 2-1 in the fifth, Bryant hit a broken-bat single off the end of his bat into short center to drive in the tying run, earning a big cheer from the 33,958 fans at Wrigley Field.

Bryant had allowed Wil Myers' bouncer leading off the game to kick off his glove for his first major league error. Bryant did not speak with reporters after the game.

"He made the one gaffe but overall he played well, ran the bases good and he had a good baseball game today," Maddon said. "I think the fans, the folks who watch the game closely, they understand the importance of accepting your walks. You don't look for your walk, you accept your walk, and after yesterday it was ingrained in his mind that I'm not going to do that again. And he had some really good at-bats."

Bryant walked against Padres starter Tyson Ross in the first and fourth innings. Ross gave up three runs, five hits and five walks in 5 2-3 innings, striking out nine.

"I think Tyson would want a few pitches back," Black said. "They didn't hit him hard with the exception of the opposite-field homer by Miguel Montero. But he battled. He made some pitches along the way."

Bryant walked in the seventh, flied out in the ninth and reached on an infield single to shortstop in the 11th against Craig Kimbrel (0-1), moving Anthony Rizzo to third with one out. Pinch-hitter David Ross walked to load the bases, bringing up Starlin Castro.

San Diego brought in Myers from center as a fifth infielder and, with all five playing in, Castro singled past Middlebrooks at third and into left field.

"I think everything was kind all over the place today. A few pitches I thought were pretty close, but I didn't get the call. When I can't throw that first pitch, guys can sit on one pitch," Kimbrel said. "The team needed me to throw a scoreless inning to get back in, but I wasn't just able to do it today."

Zac Rosscup (1-0) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings for his second major league win.

Montero homered twice and had three RBIs. His opposite-field home run to left through a 19 mph wind had given the Cubs a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

UP NEXT

Padres: Andrew Cashner (0-2 with a 4.09 ERA) is Sunday's scheduled starter.

Cubs: Jon Lester (0-1 with a 7.84 ERA) makes his third start for the Cubs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs 3B Mike Olt arrived in the Chicago clubhouse Saturday with a cast on his right wrist, which has a hairline fracture. "Hopefully, the cast will be off in three, four weeks, and then start my rehab from there."

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