The Chicago Cubs were able to take the first game of the series versus the San Diego Padres on Friday afternoon.
Fernando Tatís Jr hit in the leadoff spot for the Padres and struck out on a foul tip against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Manuel Margot and Manny Machado followed with consecutive singles, and Hunter Renfroe scored Margot on a sacrifice fly to put the Padres on the board 1-0. Franmil Reyes and Eric Hosmer followed with more singles, but the inning ended on a strikeout from Francisco Mejía.
The Cubs didn't do much against Padres starter Eric Lauer in the bottom of the first. Albert Almora Jr and Javier Báez both struck out and Kris Bryant popped up to short to make it a quick 1-2-3- inning.
Machado homered in the third after a single from Margot, putting the Padres ahead 3-0.
Martín Maldonado led off the bottom of the third with walk. After Lester grounded into a double play, Almora singled on a line drive back to Lauer. After an injury delay, Báez singled to short. Bryant walked, and then Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam to center field. The Cubs were now ahead by one at 4-3.
The Padres tied it up at 4-4 in the fifth with a double from Mejía.
Báez put the Cubs in the lead again 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth with his 23rd home run of the season. After a flyout from Bryant and a walk to Rizzo, Luis Perdomo replaced Lauer on the mound for the Padres. He got the third out on a strikeout from Addison Russell.
Steve Cishek took over for Lester in the seventh inning. Lester went six innings with 12 hits, four runs (all earned), no walks, and six strikeouts. Cishek got a pop out to second from Renfroe and a line out to left from Reyes. Hosmer drew a walk, but Mejía flew out to center to end the inning.
Kyle Schwarber pinch hit for Cishek in the bottom of the inning and flew out to left. Almora followed with a fly out to center, and Báez struck out swinging for the third out.
The Cubs sent Pedro Strop to the mound for the eighth, and he gave up a home run to pinch hitter Josh Naylor to tie the game at 5-5.
Bryant faced new Padres pitcher Craig Stammen in the eighth and grounded out to short, but Rizzo was able to single on a line drive right up the middle. Russell advanced to second on a fielder's choice and Rizzo to third on a throwing error from shortstop Tatís Jr. Jason Heyward was intentionally walked to load the bases for David Bote. Bote grounded into a force out, third baseman Machado to catcher Mejía, with Rizzo out at home. Bote reached first and Russell scored, though, on an error from Hosmer at first. Maldonado flew out to center to end the inning with the Cubs ahead by one at 6-5.
Craig Kimbrel came in to close it in the ninth. He faced Renfroe in leadoff, who struck out swinging. Reyes walked, bringing Hosmer to the plate. Hosmer struck out swinging and then Mejía struck out looking to end the game with a W for the home team.