Marcus Stroman keeps dealing as Cubs roll to 7-1 win over Padres


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marcus Stroman pitched six strong innings to win his fourth consecutive start and rookie Miguel Amaya went 3-for-3 with his first MLB home run as the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-1, on Sunday.

Yan Gomes and Trey Mancini hit back-to-back homers off Ryan Weathers (1-4), and Dansby Swanson added a two-run double later in the second inning.

Amaya's two-run drive off reliever Drew Carlton made it 7-0 in the third.

Stroman (6-4) allowed just an unearned run and four hits, striking out six. He lowered his ERA to 2.39.

Julian Merryweather, Michael Fulmer and Brandon Hughes each tossed a scoreless inning to finish the five-hitter.

Chicago had five extra-base hits in the first three innings. Gomes and Mancini gave the Cubs their fifth set of back-to-back homers this season.

Weathers faced only 12 batters and gave up five runs on seven hits — four for extra bases. He walked one and was lifted with two outs in the second.

Nico Hoerner began the game with a double and scored when third baseman Manny Machado committed a throwing error on Ian Happ's infield single.

Amaya, recalled Saturday from Triple-A Iowa, singled in the second and scored on Swanson's double. Then he knocked in Gomes with a 415-foot homer to left field in the third.

Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 3.86 ERA) starts the finale of the four-game series Monday night against Padres LHP Blake Snell (1-6, 4.50).

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