A dash of power, followed by patience at the plate, paid off for the San Diego Padres.
Erick Aybar hit a tying home run in the sixth inning, Luis Torrens walked with the bases loaded against Koji Uehara in the eighth and the Padres stopped a three-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday.
Torrens, a rookie who started at catcher for the second straight game for the injured Austin Hedges, took a 3-1 fastball that sailed inside with two outs to force in the go-ahead run.
"It's tough to get some veteran guys to do that," manager Andy Green said. "Sometimes they want to win the game so bad swinging the bat that they don't realize...