CHICAGO (AP) - The scuffling San Diego hitters broke out of a prolonged slump, thanks to the blustery conditions at Wrigley Field.
Padres pitchers, however, had all sorts of trouble.
Chase Headley hit two of the Padres' four home runs, but San Diego couldn't keep pace with the Chicago Cubs in an 11-7 loss Monday.
The Cubs stopped a 12-game losing streak that was their longest since they opened the 1997 season with 14 straight losses. San Diego lost its fourth in a row.
Winds were blowing out at gusts up to 35 mph on a 90-degree day and the ball was flying. There were eight home runs and a total of 17 extra-base hits.
``When it's hot and you come here and the wind's blowing, you're going to be rewarded for good swings,' Headley said. ``When the conditions are like that, you know you have to put up a good amount of runs to be able to win the game.'
San Diego starter Jeff Suppan yielded six runs over five innings.
Chicago trailed 7-6 in the sixth inning when Alfonso Soriano launched a drive off Alex Hinshaw (0-1) over the right-field bleachers onto Waveland Avenue.
Soriano had three hits and drove in three runs. Ian Stewart and Starlin Castro each homered and drove in three for the Cubs. Darwin Barney also homered and David DeJesus tripled twice.
Everth Cabrera and Will Venable connected for San Diego. The Padres hadn't hit more than two home runs in a game all season and came into the game last in the majors with only 18 overall.
``I thought we swung the bats well. Right off the bat, I think you knew it was going to be an offensive game,' Padres manager Bud Black said. ``It was good see a number of guys swing the bats, get multiple hits. Hopefully, that can carry over - not only tomorrow but moving through the week.'
Randy Wells (1-1) picked up the win in relief.
Barney hit a solo shot in the second and Stewart's two-run shot capped a three-run fourth that put the Cubs ahead 6-4..
Castro hit an 0-2 pitch onto Waveland to pad the one-run lead in the seventh, and the Cubs held on.
``It's a big relief,' Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. ``It shows you sometimes how tough it is to win a major league baseball game.'
Headley had four hits, including a double. He hit a tying homer leading off the fourth, then tied it again with a two-run drive in the fifth.
It was Headley's second multihomer game of the year. He has seven home runs this season after hitting just four in 113 games in 2011.
Carlos Quentin hit an RBI double in his Padres' debut to give San Diego a 1-0 lead in the first and snap their streak of 26 scoreless innings.
``Wasn't that great? That was great,' Black said. ``Good way to start as well for Q, absolutely.'
Quentin was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in March after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 31.
NOTES: Cabrera's solo shot in the fourth was his first homer since July 11, 2010. ... The Padres optioned OF Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Tucson to make room on the roster for Quentin. ... San Diego OF Cameron Maybin (sprained right wrist) missed his second straight game after leaving in the sixth inning Saturday. He remains day-to-day. ... Padres RHP Huston Street (right shoulder strain) felt ``really good' after throwing off a mound Sunday, Black said. He is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Wednesday. ... Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 3.00 ERA) will pitch for the Cubs on Tuesday against San Diego's Eric Stults (1-0, 1.96).
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