Yu Darvish dominates to lead Padres to a 6-0 win over Cubs


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yu Darvish struck out nine in seven dominant innings, Fernando Tatis Jr. homered twice and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-0, on Saturday night.

Darvish (4-4) had a masterful bounce-back game after a bad outing May 28 when he gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in a 10-7 loss at the New York Yankees.

Against the Cubs, Darvish was in complete command and kept the hitters off-balance all night, giving up just two singles — Chicago's only hits of the game — and one walk.

Tatis hit a solo homer in the third and a three-run blast in the eighth for his 11th of the season and 10th multi-homer game in his career. Both home runs were to left-center field.

Nick Martinez struck out two in the eighth and Brent Honeywell had one strikeout in the ninth to complete the shutout.

Cubs starter Drew Smyly (5-3) took the loss, lasting 5-2/3 innings, giving up three runs and seven hits.

Cubs: Placed LHP Justin Steele on the 15-day IL (retroactive to June 1) because of a strained left forearm. Steele underwent an MRI exam Thursday. While the original diagnosis was a “mild” strain, Steele is expected to miss at least a start or two. … Recalled catcher Miguel Amaya from Triple-A Iowa.

Padres: IF Rougned Odor (left groin strain) avoided the IL and is day-to-day. Odor strained his groin while rounding first base Friday. “Way better than I thought he’d be doing,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “I thought it’d be an IL for sure today.”

Cubs RHP Marcus Stroman (5-4, 2.59) takes the mound Sunday against Padres LHP Ryan Weathers (1-3, 4.61).

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