Tatis, Cronenworth lead Padres past Cubs 5-3

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 26: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres hits a two-run single in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 26, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Fernando Tatis Jr. drove in three runs with a pair of singles, lifting the San Diego Padres to a 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

With runners at second and third in the seventh, Tatis hit Brandon Hughes’ 2-1 slider past diving Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom to score both and give the Padres a 4-3 lead. He knocked in an insurance run in the ninth with a line shot to center.

Tatis played his sixth game since returning from an 80-game drug suspension. His RBI’s were his second, third and fourth since being reinstated. The 24-year-old Tatis missed all of last season, first because of a broken left wrist. When he was about to return, he was hit with his PED suspension for a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Clostebol.

Jake Cronenworth drove in two runs with a triple as the Padres won for the third time in four games.

Chicago’s Trey Mancini lined a two-run homer and singled. Nico Hoerner had RBI single.

Nick Martinez (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the win in his first relief appearance this season after four starts. Josh Hader worked around Yan Gomes’ double and a walk in the ninth for his ninth save.

Chicago starter Drew Smyly yielded two runs on four hits in five innings. Hughes (0-1), the second of five Cubs relievers took the loss.

Smyly entered with 2-0 record and 0.98 ERA in his previous three outings. The lefty took a perfect game into the eighth inning in his last start, a 13-0 Cubs win over the Dodgers.

San Diego starter Michael Wacha allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. The right-hander rebounded after two rough starts when he allowed 12 runs on 21 hits in 8 1/3 innings.

Both starters retired the first eight hitters they faced and the 10 of the first 11.

Xander Bogaerts and Nelson Cruz singled with two outs in the fourth, then Cronenworth tripled into the right field corner to drive both in.

The Cubs tied it at 2 in the bottom half of the fourth on Mancini’s third homer. Seiya Suzuki reached on a bloop single, then Mancini drove a 1-2 changeup into the bleachers in left.

Hoerner put Chicago ahead 3-2 in the fifth with a two-out RBI single.


With a single in the fourth, San Diego SS Xander Bogaerts extended his on-base streak to all 26 games this season. His overall on-base run is 28, counting the final two games in 2022.


San Diego optioned LHP Ryan Weathers to Triple-A El Paso and recalled LHP Tom Cosgrove. Manager Bob Melvin said the 23-year-old Weathers (1-1, 2.50 ERA in five games) was being sent down "to be built up as a starter," then would be recalled in a couple of weeks.


Cubs: RHP Jameson Taillon, on the 15-day IL with left groin strain, played catch on Wednesday. … RHP Codi Heuer (Tommy John recovery) threw 25 pitches in a simulated game.


Padres RHP Seth Lugo (2-1, 2.78) starts against Cubs RHP Hayden Wesneski (1-1, 6.23) on Thursday afternoon in the series finale. The Padres get Friday off, then play the Giants in Mexico City on Saturday and Sunday. San Diego is designated as the home team in the two-game set at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium.