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Apr 17, 8:17 PM EDT

Myers and Middlebrooks homer, lead Padres past Bryant, Cubs



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CHICAGO (AP) -- The fans at Wrigley Field hoped to see a home run or two. They did, only not from the hitter they came to watch.

San Diego newcomers Wil Myers and Will Middlebrooks connected while the Padres held prized Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant hitless Friday in a 5-4 win.

Myers hit his first homer for the Padres, a three-run shot off reliever Brian Schlitter (0-1) in the seventh inning that put them ahead for good. Middlebrooks hit his second homer, a two-run drive off Jason Hammel that helped the Padres win their third in a row and for the sixth time in seven games.

San Diego, last in run production in the majors last season, got timely power for a second straight game.

"So far, so good," Middlebrooks said. "We've got a really good group of guys who like to work. We have some stars on this team. and the list goes on."

"In a game like today where it turned, it, we have a number of guys can possibly do that sort of thing," manager Bud Black said. "Power plays. We've got some guys who have it."

Bryant went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his big league debut. He was called up one day after the team ensured he can't be eligible for free agency until 2021. The Cubs selected his contract from Triple-A Iowa and inserted him into their starting lineup as the cleanup hitter and third baseman.

James Shields (2-0) struck out Bryant swinging in his first three at-bats. His groundout in the seventh was pivotal for San Diego.

Following Myers' homer, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected by plate umpire Sam Holbrook. In the bottom half, Dexter Fowler doubled off reliever Dale Thayer with one out.

After Jorge Soler struck out, San Diego intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo. Bryant hit an inning-ending forceout to third with two on.

"I've got a lot of respect for Rizzo," Black said. "Bryant, he's a talented player so you just kind of take your chances."

Shields allowed three earned runs and five hits in six innings with nine strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel pitched a one-hit ninth for his fourth save, retiring Soler on a game-ending groundout with the potential tying run on second.

Bryant, who was solid in the field, said he got only three hours' of sleep before Friday's game.

"Sure, I could have done a little better," Bryant said.

"Didn't come around hitting, but I helped my team out as much as I could," he said.

Chicago third baseman Mike Olt was put on the disabled list Friday with a broken right wrist, a move retroactive to Wednesday. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Bryant would not have been called up if Olt had been able to play.

Epstein said the Cubs would have preferred Bryant's debut to come on the road.

"We would have done it a little bit later," Epstein said, "but you can't script everything out in baseball."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: RHP Ian Kennedy, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring said he "felt great" following a 30-pitch bullpen session on Friday and will make a rehab start in an extended spring training game Monday in Arizona. He is expected to throw 70-90 pitches, Black said.

UP NEXT

San Diego RHP Tyson Ross (1-0) faces RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0) on Saturday.

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