Sosa homers again, Padres lose

It was another picture perfect night at Petco Park for Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs, who once again beat the San Diego Padres Saturday, 7-5. Sosa slammed his 549th career homerun, and Moises Alou went 4-for-5 with a homer, a double and two singles. The Friars are now in danger of being swept for the first time this year.

Sosa's fifth inning blast off San Diego starter Adam Eaton (1-4) traveled 434 feet, the longest in the brief history of the new park. It also snapped a 2-2 tie and moved the Cubs slugger into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time career homeruns list, passing Phillies great Mike Schmidt.

Two batters later, Aramis Ramirez belted his ninth homer of the season and the 100th of his career, a three-run shot that gave the Cubs what would prove to be an insurmountable 7-2 advantage.

Sergio Mitre picked up the win, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings. He gave up a Ramon Hernandez solo homerun in the sixth and Brian Giles' two-run single in the third.

The Padres continued to whittle away at the lead against the Cubs' bullpen, scoring three unanswered runs to close out the game.

Following Hernandez' homer, Ryan Klesko added an RBI single in the seventh, and Sean Burroughs hit a run-scoring double off Cubs reliever Kyle Farnsworth with two outs in the eighth.

Unfortunately for the Padres, Mark Loretta to hold off the eighth inning rally and eventually preserve the victory. Hawkins would go on to strike out two as part of a perfect ninth inning for his third save of the season.

NOTES: The Padres will look to stay away from getting swept away in the series finale at Petco Park Sunday. David Wells (2-3, 3.68) will face fellow lefthander Glendon Rusch (0-1, 7.36), starting in place of Cubs ace Kerry Wood.

Country singer, American Idol finalist and Armed Forces member Josh Gracin sang the national anthem prior to the game.

Sterling Hitchcock pitched in simulated action and is set to go to Portland for two starts and two relief appearances before joining the Padres.

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