SAN DIEGO -- Javier Baez did it again.
With one out in the 10th inning, Baez stole second, then took advantage of two errors by the Padres to score the go-ahead run and lift the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park.
"At this point, it's really not even surprising to us, and it's crazy to say that," Chicago's Anthony Rizzo said of Baez's daredevil baserunning. "It's fun. His instincts, his baseball instincts, are taking over the whole game and people are noticing it more than ever. That's who he is, and he continues to keep getting better."
Rizzo had tied the game against Padres closer Brad Hand with an RBI double with two outs in the ninth, as the Cubs played their third extra-inning game in the last four. In the 10th, Baez reached on an infield single and appeared to be limping. No big deal.
"Getting out of the box, I kind of slipped a little bit," Baez said. "I was trying to hustle there to get the base hit. As soon as I hit it, I thought it was going to be foul and I rushed a little out of the box. Everything's good."
Yes it was. The All-Star second baseman stole second, ran to third on an errant throw by catcher Austin Hedges and scored when center fielder Manuel Margot bobbled the ball.
"[Margot] is looking up to see if he's got a shot at Baez at third base instead of looking the ball all the way into the glove," Padres manager Andy Green said. "There's no other way I could describe it."
When Baez is on base, opponents have to pay attention.
"Billy Hamilton gets on first base and the pitcher is thinking about him stealing, and they leave a pitch down the middle," Rizzo said. "[Baez] is a game-changer. He's a game-changer offensively, defensively and on the bases. He does it all."
Cubs manager Joe Maddon never really knows what to expect from Baez.
"I try to stay out of his way," Maddon said.
It was another comeback win for the Cubs, who trailed 4-3 after Hedges' RBI single off C.J. Edwards in the eighth. Edwards had been tough since coming off the disabled list, striking out eight of the 10 batters he had faced. But Margot doubled off the right-hander with two outs in the eighth and tallied on Hedges' single.
The Cubs overloaded the lineup with right-handed hitters against Padres lefty Clayton Richard with the exception of Rizzo, who led off for the second time this season. Rizzo ended an 0-for-21 stretch with a one-out single in the fifth. He'll lead off again Saturday.
"Give him credit, man," Maddon said of Rizzo. "He's been grinding very, very hard. Javy did his Javy thing again. Pretty impressive."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Clutch hit: Rizzo's RBI double off Hand tied the game at 4 and gave him three hits in the game. With two outs in the ninth, Hand hit pinch-hitter Victor Caratini with a pitch to set up Rizzo.
"That [hit-by-pitch] is a tough one right there," Green said. "You don't want to do that. [Hand] doesn't want to do that. Then the Rizzo at-bat is just a grind at-bat between two All-Star-caliber players."
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Chicago starter Tyler Chatwood did not get a decision, but did add to his Major League-leading walk total by issuing three free passes. He's now walked 73 over 84 innings. Chatwood served up five hits, including a two-run homer to Travis Jankowski with two outs in the second. The right-hander was lifted after five innings and has gone 12 straight starts without completing six innings, the longest streak for a Cubs pitcher in the live-ball era.
"I haven't been good," Chatwood said about his first half. "There've been spots when I've been good, but I haven't been consistent like I know I can be. We've won a lot of games I've started, so that's a positive. [The All-Star break] is kind of a reset and a chance to get away from it and get back to work. It'll be fun."
HE SAID IT
"We're in a much better position than we were last year at the same time. We've done better overall, in regard to our hitting approach. Our starting pitching has to ascend. There's still things we have to work through. Of course, I'd like to be -- you always want to be in first place. … [The Brewers] have been playing well and they're tough. I like the way we're trending. There aren't a whole lot of tired guys out there." -- Maddon, on the Cubs (53-38), who are in first place in the Central Division, just percentage points ahead of Milwaukee (55-40)
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Jankowski was called out on a grounder to shortstop Addison Russell to lead off the Padres' first inning, but San Diego challenged the ruling and after a review, it was overturned and Jankowski was safe.
Baez thought he had hit his 19th home run when he led off the Cubs' second with a fly ball to right, but a fan deflected the ball back onto the field. After a crew-chief review, the call was fan interference and Baez was credited with a double. He eventually scored as the Cubs loaded the bases on walks to Russell and Benjamin Zobrist with one out and Ian Happ followed with a two-run single.
"It looked to me on that big [video] screen that maybe the [fans'] hands were above the rail and behind," Maddon said of the Baez play. "[The umpires] came back with that. I can't argue that. I can't argue because I can't argue, but also I couldn't tell."
Kyle Hendricks will make his final start of the first half on Saturday. The right-hander is 0-2 in his last four starts and is coming off a solid outing against the Giants in which he gave up one unearned run over 8 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. Hendricks is 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA in six career starts against the Padres, including a complete game shutout on May 21, 2015. The Padres will counter with Luis Perdomo, who will be making his third career appearance against the Cubs. First pitch was scheduled for 9:10 p.m. CT from Petco Park.