Padres' manager Andy Green calls Anthony Rizzo's slide "a cheap shot"


The Chicago Cubs scraped out a 3-2 win over San Diego Monday, but it was a collision at home plate that had the Padres fuming.

The Padres Radio account on Twitter asked followers whether the team should "retaliate" as the series continues at Wrigley Field, while a Chicago Tribune columnist wrote that Rizzo should be suspended over the play.

Rizzo was trying to score on a fly ball by Kris Bryant but collided with the Padres catcher.

Padres: C Austin Hedges left the game with a bruised right thigh following a collision with Rizzo on the play at the plate in the sixth. I'm not saying he's a dirty player at all - nobody is saying that - but he clearly deviated from his path to hit our catcher, took our catcher out.

"That's something where baseball needs to consider how you handle situations like this after it occurs", Green said, via Any umpire who actually relayed that message to Rizzo must not have read Rule 7.13, which Major League Baseball changed in December of 2013 and has hereafter been called the "Buster Posey rule".

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon had the opposite reaction: "I'd much prefer what Riz did tonight and what he did was right, absolutely right". He caught the ball toward the plate.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has encouraged players to remain aggressive if they see the catcher in the lane to the plate. LF Kyle Schwarber left the game after fouling a ball off his right ankle.

"It's a fairly egregious violation of the rule", Green said, via "I don't know how long he's out for".

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Reliever Hector Rondon (2-1) worked one inning - a scoreless seventh - for the victory.

Last month, Lester complained about Ian Happ getting called out for over-sliding second base, taking away a valuable run in a 5-3 loss to St. Louis.

ANGELS 8, YANKEES 3: Cameron Maybin hit a tie-breaking home run off struggling reliever Tyler Clippard to spark a three-run seventh inning, and Los Angeles beat NY to extend the Yankees' losing streak to seven games - their longest in a single season since April 2007. Clayton Richard gave up a pair of runs on five hits while walking and striking out three over 6.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision.

The Padres (28-43) dropped their second straight and third in four games despite homers from leadoff batter Jose Pirela and second baseman Yangervis Solarte.

NATIONALS 12, MARLINS 3: Bryce Harper started the scoring with a two-run single that extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and Gio Gonzalez (7-1) pitched seven innings to help Washington beat Miami at Miami. The veteran southpaw punched out seven while walking one on the night.

Mariners 6, Tigers 2: Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth and homered again - another two-run shot - in the eighth. He walked three and struck out three.

In the bottom of the first, Rizzo spoiled the Padres' infield shift toward first base by placing a ideal bunt down the third-base line that wasn't picked up until he had reached first.

Rizzo said that he did not believe he was out of bounds.