Padres hold on to beat Cubs, 5-4


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manny Machado hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the San Diego Padres held on to beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, in a thriller Tuesday night, hours after finding out manager Bob Melvin will have prostate surgery.

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Melvin announced before the game that he'll have surgery Wednesday. He doesn't think he has cancer, “but they won’t know until they get in there,” he said. Melvin, hired away from Oakland on Nov. 1, expects to miss at least a week's worth of games. Bench coach Ryan Christenson will serve as interim manager.

Closer Taylor Rogers allowed Ian Happ's RBI single with two outs in the ninth and loaded the bases before pinch-hitter Frank Schwindel sent a long drive to left field that Jurickson Profar caught at the wall. It was Rogers' 12th save in 13 chances.

Mike Clevinger pitched well for 4 1/3 innings in his first start at Petco Park since late in the 2020 season. He missed last season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. Chicago's Wade Miley lasted three innings in his Cubs debut, which was delayed due to elbow inflammation.

Machado and Eric Hosmer have been carrying San Diego's often-anemic offense all season and they came up big in the sixth. Machado doubled down the left field line off Chris Martin with two outs to bring in Jake Cronenworth with the go-ahead run. Hosmer then singled in Jurickson Profar, who had singled in front of Machado.

Steve Wilson (3-0) got the win and Robert Gsellman (0-1) took the loss.

The Cubs had tied it at 2 in the third on a two-run home run by Alfonso Rivas that bounced out of rookie center fielder Jose Azocar’s glove and over the fence. It was the second for Rivas, who grew up in nearby Chula Vista and went to La Jolla Country Day.

Azocar was starting in place of Trent Grisham, who won a Gold Glove in 2021, because the Padres were facing a lefty. Azocar slumped to the ground in disappointment after the play. The ball might not have gotten out without the redirection.

Austin Nola gave the Padres the lead back on an RBI single in the third before his throwing error in the fifth allowed Rafael Ortega to tie it at 3.

Clevinger, his long hair brained into pigtails, allowed three runs, two earned, and six hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking two. It was the first time he entertained the home fans with his unorthodox delivery — which starts with happy feet and ends with a sweeping motion with his right leg — since Sept. 23, 2020.

Clevinger was obtained at the trade deadline during the pandemic-shortened season in a blockbuster trade with Cleveland. He exited his last start of the regular season with what was later described as an elbow impingement and missed the Padres' wild-card series win against St. Louis.

Clevinger returned for the NL Division Series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers but was removed in the second inning after his velocity dipped dramatically. The Padres were swept by the Dodgers. He had Tommy John surgery later that fall.

Clevinger started this season on the injured list with a sprained right knee and made his debut with 4 2/3 innings of four-hit ball in the first game of a road double-header against his old team, the Cleveland Indians.

Miley allowed three runs and five hits in three innings. The Cubs picked him up off waivers from Cincinnati in November.

Cubs: Activated Miley from the 10-day injured list and placed OF Michael Hermosillo on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, with a left quadriceps strain ... OF Seiya Suzuki was scratched from the lineup with a sore right ankle but singled as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.

Padres: Reinstated RF Wil Myers and DH Luke Voit from the 10-day IL, optioned INF CJ Abrams to Triple-A El Paso and designated OF Trayce Thompson for assignment.

The Cubs haven't named a starter for the series finale Wednesday afternoon, while LHP Nick Martinez (2-0, 1.71) is scheduled to start for the Padres.

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