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Harang, hot hitting guide Padres past Cubs

Harang, hot hitting guide Padres past Cubs

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Harang, hot hitting guide Padres past Cubs
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Aaron Harang tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings Saturday and Chase Headley added a grand slam as the Padres defeated the Cubs, 14-4, at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Harang allowed two hits in pitching into the sixth inning for the first time this spring. He walked three and struck out four.

"I was happy with my command. I was able to hit the outside corner with lefties up there," Harang said. "My biggest thing was staying down in the strike zone, especially with the way the wind was blowing."

Chicago starter Matt Garza allowed three runs on three hits in three innings. Garza also walked three hitters and had one strikeout as the Cubs fell to 9-15 in Cactus League play.

Garza said he struggled finding his landing spot on the mound at the Peoria Sports Complex and was lifted after three innings because of some soreness in his left hamstring. He threw 57 pitches in the game, and another 20 in the bullpen after he was lifted.

"Mechanically, I'm fine," Garza said. "Mentally, I'm great. I'm in a great place, but I just have to work out those kinks."

It's been a strange spring for the right-hander, who was hit in the back with a line drive in his second outing and had difficulty with his fastball in his third game.

"I've been hit, out of whack, bad landing," he said. "I don't know what's left."

Chicago reliever Jeff Samardzija, who figures to make the team, looked sharp in his one inning of relief, striking out the side.

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Orlando Hudson also had two hits for the Padres (10-10-1). Eric Patterson, who figures to win a utility job with the team, had a double and a triple. He's hitting .438 this spring.

Cameron Maybin added two hits, including his second home run of the spring.

Max Ramirez put the Cubs on the board with a grand slam in the eighth inning.

Up next for the Padres: Look for Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia to be back in the lineup on Sunday when San Diego faces the Mariners at the Peoria Sports Complex at 1:05 p.m. PT. The game will be available on MLB.com's Gameday Audio. Denorfia is hitting .400 this spring and leads the team in hits (14), adding three stolen bases. Denorfia will be the Padres' fourth outfielder when the regular season rolls around. Pitcher Wade LeBlanc, in the running to be the fifth starter, gets the call and could go as many as five innings. LeBlanc has a 9.22 ERA in 13 2/3 innings this spring. He's in competition with Cory Luebke and Dustin Moseley for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Up next for the Cubs: Randy Wells will make his fourth start and fifth spring appearance on Sunday when the Cubs play host to the Giants at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz., at 3:05 p.m. CT. Wells, vying to lock up a spot in the rotation, ranks among the Cactus League leaders with a 1.29 ERA, having given up two earned runs over 14 innings. Starlin Castro, who is batting .395 this spring with four home runs, will be batting second for the Cubs. The game will be available on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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