Cubs lament blown lead against Padres

Reliever Strop allows three runs without recording an out in seventh inning

Cubs lament blown lead against Padres

CHICAGO -- For the first time since May 1, although it seemed like much longer, the celebration room in the Cubs' clubhouse was quiet after a game.

"It feels weird," Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks said.

Brett Wallace smacked a three-run homer to spark the Padres to a 7-4 win over the Cubs in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. Chicago's winning streak was snapped at eight.

"It's not as fun in there, that's for sure," Hendricks said of the Cubs' clubhouse. "It's a long season, and you're going to lose games. You're going to lose close ones, you'll lose ones when you're ahead. Luckily we can go right back there tonight."

Hendricks was in line for the win as the Cubs opened a 4-2 lead in the seventh. He retired the first two batters he faced and Travis Jankowski then bunted for a single. Manager Joe Maddon called on Pedro Strop, who had thrown three pitches Tuesday night in relief.

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Wil Myers slapped a hard-hit ball to third baseman Javier Baez, who was able to stop the ball, and tried to throw to first from his knees. But the throw sailed past first baseman Anthony Rizzo for an error. One run scored. Strop then walked Matt Kemp and Wallace followed with his home run.

Strop gave up another single and walked pinch-hitter Jon Jay before he was lifted. The Cubs right-hander failed to retire any of the five batters he faced. It's the second time in his career he gave up three runs while failing to record an out, also doing so May 4, 2015, against the Cardinals.

"We got the ground ball and didn't make the play," Maddon said of Myers' ball. "We made some mistakes we haven't been making."

The Cubs haven't done much wrong this season en route to their 25-7 record. Wednesday's loss was only the fourth in 16 games at Wrigley Field.

"If we make the play, we're sitting on the bench shaking hands and everything is pretty good," Maddon said. "After that, I thought [Strop] tried too hard against Kemp. The enemy of good is great -- he was trying to make great pitches as opposed to good pitches, and that's all he had to do."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.