Sosa's homerun, 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, and also the 39th park he has homered in throughout his career.
also added a solo homerun back in the second inning, his fourth of the season.
Second baseman Jose Macias
, starting in place of Todd Walker
for the second night in a row, tripled twice, drove in three, and also scored a run to put the game out of reach off Valdez and the Padres' bullpen.
would work a perfect ninth inning for the unofficial save. Maddux (3-3) picked up the victory while surrendering just one run on five hits and striking out four.
The two clubs meet again tomorrow night for game two of the series. Sergio Mitre
(1-2, 5.01) will square off against San Diego's Adam Eaton
(1-3, 4.68) beginning at 9:05 CT.
: Greg Maddux
recorded his 2,800th career strikeout and passed Hall of Famer Cy Young for 15th place on the all-time strikeouts list. The Padres wore throwback uniforms from the 1984 season, but it was anything but '84 for this San Diego team, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five series to beat the Cubs in the NLCS over 19 years ago.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The San Diego Padres had won an Major League high 13 games in their new park heading into play this evening, but that didn't stop the Chicago Cubs from ruining the PETCO parade Friday. Greg Maddux went eight solid innings, 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.
Cubs 6 Padres 1.