Chris Young and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the San Diego Padres showed some life in the waning days of the playoff race, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday night.
San Diego remains 2 games behind San Francisco in the N.L. West and 1.5 games behind Atlanta in the NL wild-card race. The Padres won for just the 12th time in 33 games since Aug. 25, when they were 76-49 and had a 6-game lead over the Giants. The Padres had scored a total of only four runs in losing their previous three games.
Atlanta, which beat Florida 5-1 on Wednesday, is off Thursday while the Padres finish this four-game series with the Cubs. San Diego closes the regular season with three games at San Francisco.