How it happened: Cubs starter Matt Garza, who was looking to win his 10th game of the year, threw another outstanding game. Garza allowed just two runs on Kyle Blanks' two-run double in the second inning and nothing more in his seven innings pitched. Garza ended the season 10-10 with 198 innings pitched and 197 strikeouts. Alfonso Soriano’s three-run home run in the eighth inning, his 26th of the season, gave the Cubs and Garza the victory. Aramis Ramirez also hit his 26th home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning.
What it means: The Cubs snapped a three-game losing streak.
Outside the box: Prior to Tuesday night, four of the five previous games between the Cubs and Padres ended up in a shutout. … Shortstop Starlin Castro's single in the first inning gave him a 10-game hitting streak. He now has five hitting streaks of 10-or-more games in 2011. On Wednesday, Castro, 21, will become the youngest player to ever lead the National League in hits. Cubs shortstop Charlie Hollocher was 22 when he led the league in hits in 1918.