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C Welington Castillo will return to the lineup Sunday. Castillo has missed the last three games with bruised ribs. Castillo is hitting .265 with four home runs and 22 RBIs.

2B Darwin Barney homered and drove in two runs, including the game-winner, as the Cubs (55-74) ended a four-game skid and bounced back from Friday night's debacle when they blew a six-run lead and allowed the Padres (58-71) to rally for an 8-6 win. Barney's RBI double in the seventh inning scored Darnell McDonald, who had walked, to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. "I'm just happy to be in the lineup every day," said Barney, a .221 hitter who tied his career best for homers with his seventh.

LHP Chris Rusin will make his eighth start Sunday against the Padres. Rusin suffered a loss in his last outing Aug. 20, a 4-2 setback to the Nationals. He allowed two runs on a career-tying 10 hits, walking two and striking out two in 5 2/3 innings. Rusin has never faced the Padres.

OF Nate Schierholtz didn t start Saturday game, one day after hitting his 19th home run, which is a career best. The left-handed hitting Schierholtz sometimes doesn t start against left-handed pitchers -- the Padres started LHP Eric Stults. Still, Schierholtz, who the Cubs signed as a free agent before this season, has taken advantage of his opportunity this season to be in the everyday lineup. The power numbers aren t a big surprise to the Cubs. "We got him knowing he had the ability to do it, knowing if he got the chance," manager Dale Sveum said Saturday. "He was always getting 200-250 at-bats and hitting eight and 10 home runs or whatever. Just multiply that by two and it s 16 to 20 home runs. He's getting regular at-bats. Plenty of guys in this league probably, if you give them 600 plate appearances, could hit 20 home runs. Sometimes, it s just the ability to get that opportunity."

RHP Jeff Samardzija, who was coming off a complete-game victory over the Washington Nationals in his last outing on Aug. 19, worked eight innings, allowing two runs and seven hits to beat the Padres on Saturday night. Samardzija (8-11) struck out seven and walked two (one intentional). He pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the eighth inning, allowing just a run, to help the Cubs prevail and end a four-game losing streak. "It made it interesting," Samardzija said of the late jam. "But being efficient early in the game allows you to have that cushion of pitches to work through some of that stuff. They did a good job putting good bats together there and putting guys on. And then that bunt was outstanding. To get out of that felt really good."

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