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Willson Contreras' game-tying homer the clutch moment in Cubs' come-from-behind win over Padres

Willson Contreras' game-tying homer the clutch moment in Cubs' come-from-behind win over Padres

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.

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

The Giants' search for a successor to now-retired manager Bruce Bochy has led them to the North Side.

According to NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic, the Giants are interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for their own managerial opening. San Francisco's interest is intriguing, as Venable went to high school just outside San Francisco in nearby San Rafael. His father — Max Venable — played for the Giants from 1979-83. 

Venable also interviewed for the Cubs' manager job earlier this month, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that his interest is in the "organization in general." He is one of several internal candidates for the Cubs' job, along with bench coach Mark Loretta and front office assistant David Ross.

The Cubs also interviewed Joe Girardi and are set to meet with Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.

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Former Cub Mark Prior 'likely' to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

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Former Cub Mark Prior 'likely' to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

Mark Prior's big-league playing career unfortunately fizzled out due to recurring injury woes, but he's making a name for himself in the coaching realm.

With Dodgers current pitching coach Rick Honeycutt transitioning into a new role, Prior is expected to takeover the position starting next season.

Cubs fans know the story of Prior's playing career all too well. The Cubs drafted him second overall in the 2001, with Prior making his MLB debut just a season later. He went on to dominate in 2003, posting an 18-6 record, 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 30 starts, a season in which he made the All-Star Game and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

However, Prior's season ended on a sour note, as he was on the mound during the Steve Bartman incident in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Prior exited the game with a 3-1 lead, but the Cubs surrendered seven more runs that inning, eventually falling to the Marlins 8-3 before losing Game 7 the next day. 

Prior struggled to stay healthy after 2003, eventually retiring in 2013 after multiple comeback attempts. While many blame his injury-riddled career on former Cubs manager Dusty Baker, Prior does not. 

While we can only wonder what could've been with Prior to the pitcher, it's good to see him still making an impact in baseball in some fashion.

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