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CHICAGO (1660 THE FAN) -- The roller coaster continues at Wrigley. Suffering one of their longest losing streaks in reccent memory (12), the Cubs finished the sweep of the San Diego Padres Wednesday 8-6.
Darwin Barney was the hero in the ninth, blasting a two-out, two-run walk off homer run, his third of the season. Barney finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
Among his grateful teammates is starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, who was roughed up for six runs on six hits including three homers in just 4.1innings of work. Chicago’s bullpen picked up the slack, striking out five and allowing only three runs after Dempster exited.
Chicago tied the game in the eighth off of a Starlin Castro RBI single to the third baseman, scoring Tony Campana. David DeJesus moved to scoring position, but was left on base when Joe Mather popped out in the infield.
Brian LaHair opened the final frame with a single to center field. Two quick outs left it up to Darwin Barney, and he was up for the task.
The win makes the Cubs the first National League team since 2002 to follow a 12-game losing streak with at least three wins in a row. Chicago also traded places with the Padres in the basement of the NL, San Diego now holding the last spot in the league with a 17-35 record.
Thursday is a travel day for the Cubs. They open a 10-game road trip in San Francisco on Friday.