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|Garland's 7 Strong Innings Lead Padres
|CHICAGO (AP) -- Jon Garland pitched seven innings and Jerry Hairston Jr. drove in the game's only run in the first inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Tuesday night.
The NL-West leading Padres won for the eighth time in nine games and moved five games ahead of the second-place San Francisco Giants.
Heath Bell pitched a scoreless ninth for his major league-leading 36th save in 39 opportunities, but not before nearly allowing a game-ending two-run home run in the ninth to Blake DeWitt.
Garland (12-8) allowed four hits and retired the last 12 batters he faced. He surpassed his win total from last season.
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