The San Diego Padres had won a Major League high 13 games in their new park heading into play on Friday, but that didn't stop the Chicago Cubs from ruining the Petco parade. Greg Maddux, a target of the Padres during the offseason, went eight solid innings in vintage form, and Sammy Sosa tied Mike Schmidt for ninth on the all-time career homeruns list as the Cubs beat Ismael Valdez and the Padres, 6-1.
Sosa's homerun on a hanging curve, which led off the fourth inning against Valdez (3-2), went an estimated 417 feet into the first row of seats in center field. It was Sosa's ninth of the year, 548th in his career, and also the 39th park he has homered in throughout his career.
Corey Patterson also homered to help give Greg Maddux (3-3) his 22nd win in 40 career starts against the Padres.
The only star for San Diego was shortstop Khalil Greene and it was his defense that shined.
Greene made three nice diving plays, two occurring in the sixth. He dove to his right to glove a Jose Macias grounder and threw him out, and then made a backhanded diving stop diving to his left of a Sosa grounder deep in the hole and threw him out.
In the eighth, he dove for Aramis Ramirez's grounder to start an inning-ending double play that saw Greene on his belly and throwing the ball with his glove.
"What a game he had," Manager Bruce Bochy said. "He put on quite a show out there. I was like a fan. I enjoyed watching those plays."
Macias had two triples on the night and drove in three with a bases loaded triple in the ninth.
San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the second. Phil Nevin and Ryan Klesko each singled to begin the inning, and one out later, Miguel Ojeda slapped a single to score Nevin.
Maddux recorded his 2,800th career strikeout and passed Hall of Famer Cy Young for 15th place on the all-time strikeouts list.
"I've been feeling pretty good," Maddux said. "It was one of those things. I made some mistakes that they made outs on. That always helps."
The Padres wore throwback uniforms from the 1984 season. They rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five series to beat the Cubs in the NLCS over 19 years ago.
Josh Gracin of "American Idol" will be on hand to sing the National Anthem and to honor the Armed Forces. A member of the Armed Forces who recently returned from the war in Iraq will throw out the first pitch.