Series: Game 2 of 3

Chi Cubs leads 2-0 (as of 5/15)

Game 1: Friday, May 14
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San Diego1
Game 2: Saturday, May 15
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San Diego5
Game 3: Sunday, May 16
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San Diego2

Cubs 7

(21-15, 11-9 away)

Padres 5

(21-16, 13-8 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 15, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    CHC 011050000 7 14 0
    SD 002001110 5 9 1

    W: S. Mitre (2-2)

    L: A. Eaton (1-4)

    S: L. Hawkins (3)

    Sosa moves past Schmidt on homer list

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs sure like Petco Park.

    Sosa hit his 549th home run Saturday night to pass Mike Schmidt and take sole possession of ninth place on the career list, leading the Cubs to a 7-5 win over the San Diego Padres.

    The two-run shot off Adam Eaton with two outs in the fifth inning was estimated at 434 feet, the longest homer in 21 games at Petco Park. The ball landed in the far end of the third-floor balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building, which helps form the left-field corner.

    "It's good motivation, something that I'm so happy to be in that position to pass Mr. Mike Schmidt," Sosa said. "But I was happier because we won the game.

    "We've got to keep playing great," added Sosa, who led the Cubs to their third straight win. "I know I'm not going to stop there. I've got to continue on and on. Right now everything is going great my way."

    Aramis Ramirez added a three-run shot in the fifth, the 100th of his career. Moises Alou had a solo homer among his four hits, and scored three times. He finished 4-for-5.

    The Cubs hit two homers in Friday night's 6-1 win, including one by Sosa.

    Saturday's power barrage made a winner of Sergio Mitre (2-2), who grew up in the San Diego area and played at a junior college just up the street from Petco Park.

    Sosa's 10th homer came on a 2-1 count, one pitch after rookie shortstop Khalil Greene couldn't hold onto a foul ball down the left-field line while trying to make a difficult over-the-shoulder catch.

    Sosa's homer gave the Cubs a 4-2 lead.

    "They're pitching me tough," Sosa said. "They only made two mistakes. I'm the type of person who never gives up."

    Next up on the career list is Reggie Jackson with 563. Sosa hit No. 548 on Friday night off Ismael Valdez in a 6-1 Cubs win.

    "I had one strike and tried to go inside and I got the ball down a little bit," Eaton said. "That's when he can do a lot of damage -- a low-ball hitter. I think he guessed right."

    Ramirez's shot, his ninth, also went to left field and gave the Cubs a five-run lead. Alou homered to left on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the third, his ninth.

    Mitre lasted six innings, allowing three runs and six hits, striking out three and walking three. He gave up Ramon Hernandez's solo homer in the sixth, his third, and Brian Giles' two-run single in the third.

    "It was very exciting to pitch in my hometown and in a new stadium," Mitre said.

    LaTroy Hawkins retired the final four batters for his third save in four chances.

    The Padres closed the gap on an RBI single by Ryan Klesko in the seventh and an RBI double by Sean Burroughs in the eighth.

    Eaton (1-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings, struck out four and walked two.

    "I'm extremely close," Eaton said. "I'm not worried about what I'm doing out on the mound."

    Said Bochy: "His stuff is really good. That's not the problem. He's missing some spots. It's his command. They took advantage of a few pitches."

    Game notes

    Padres LHP Sterling Hitchcock, on the DL since April 15 with a broken rib, threw a 60-pitch, four-inning simulated game and said he felt fine. Hitchcock is scheduled to make two starts for Triple-A Portland, two relief appearances and then rejoin the Padres, as a reliever. He came out of spring training as the No. 5 starter, but got hurt before he made a start. ... Cubs 1B Derrek Lee didn't start, but came in during a double-switch in the seventh. Todd Hollandsworth started at 1B.

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