MLB: Chicago Cubs 8, San Diego 6

May 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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CHICAGO, May 30 (UPI) -- Darwin Barney cracked a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday, capping an 8-6 Chicago Cubs comeback win and sweep of San Diego.

The Cubs trailed 6-3 after 4 1/2 innings but scored twice on back-to-back bases-loaded walks surrendered by San Diego in the bottom of the fifth, pulling to within a run. Chicago forged a 6-6 tie in the eighth when pinch-runner Tony Campana stole second and third with two outs and scored on Starlin Castro's infield hit.

Then in the ninth, Barney lined a two-out pitch from Dale Thayer (0-1) through a stiff breeze into the center field bleachers, giving the last-place Cubs their first series sweep of the season.

Barney finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored while Steve Clevenger added a pair of run-scoring hits for the Cubs, who won a third straight game for the first time in 2012.

James Russell (2-0) earned the victory with a scoreless top of the ninth.

Carlos Quentin bashed a pair of two-run homers among his three hits for San Diego.

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