If the Cubs wanted revenge on the San Diego Padres after getting swept last month in Southern California, they got it in exciting fashion Monday night.
The North Siders kicked off a three-game pit stop at Wrigley Field with a come-from-behind victory over those Padres, scoring a pair in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-2 win.
Two early home runs off Jon Lester put the Cubs in a 2-0 hole, a lead that was halved when Anthony Rizzo just missed a three-run homer in the third, settling for a sacrifice fly.
Rizzo looked like he'd contribute to the next Cubs run when he tripled to lead off the sixth, but he was thrown out at home plate by former teammate Matt Szczur, who cut down Rizzo with a great throw after catching Kris Bryant's line drive to center field.
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Instead, the Cubs came alive in the seventh, finally getting to another former teammate, Clayton Richard, with a leadoff home run from Willson Contreras that tied the game at 2. Two hitters later, Javier Baez singled, and Albert Almora Jr. followed with a double that brought Baez home to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead.
Wade Davis made Cubs fans nervous with a wild ninth inning that saw a hit batsman, a walk and two wild pitches. But he coaxed a strike out and a soft groundout to end the game with his 14th save and give the Cubs their first win over the Padres in four tries this season.
The series continues Tuesday, with Mike Montgomery taking the ball for the Cubs.