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Stairs Helps Padres Beat Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Matt Stairs, taking advantage of a rare outfield start, hit a two-run double and Adrian Gonzalez homered, powering the San Diego Padres to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Clayton Richard allowed one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Padres, who have outscored opponents 53-20 while winning nine of their last 10 games. San Diego (72-47) has the NL's best record and is 25 games over .500 for the first time since its pennant-winning 1998 season.

The Cubs (50-71) lost their sixth straight home game and are 4-17 overall since July 27. The announced attendance at Wrigley Field was a season-low 33,267.

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