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Pads Beat Cubs; Castro Leads NL With 207 Hits
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Will Venable hit his first career grand slam and Nick Hundley hit a three-run shot to lift the normally punchless San Diego Padres to a 9-2, season-ending victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro became the youngest player, at 21 years, 188 days, to lead the NL with 207 hits. He doubled in the eighth to reach base in a career-high 40 straight games and extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He also hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

The teams both finished 71-91.

The late power surge might not be enough to save hitting coach Randy Ready's job. Since moving into spacious Petco Park in 2004, the Padres have fired their hitting coach three times and would have dismissed Wally Joyner in 2008 if he hadn't resigned with six games left.

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