SAN DIEGO, Afghanistan, May 2 (UPI) -- Sammy Sosa belted two homers for the second straight day as the Chicago Cubs stopped a five-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres Thursday.
Sosa hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth innings off San Diego starter Brett Tomko (2-2). The slugger has a major league-leading 12 homers, one more than Houston's Lance Berkman and Florida's Cliff Floyd.
On Wednesday, Sosa belted a solo homer and a two-run blast in a 4-3 loss.
Alex Gonzalez and Moises Alou also tagged Tomko for homers, helping the Cubs avoid a three-game sweep.
Cubs starter Kerry Wood (3-2), who had lost his last two outings, surrendered one run and three hits in six innings. The righthander walked three and struck out three.
Sosa hit his first homer in the next inning, making it 3-0. It was his 461st career homer, temporarily tying him with Ken Griffey Jr. for 23rd on the all-time list.
Gonzalez extended the lead in the fifth before Sosa struck againin the next inning, tying him with Jose Canseco for 22nd on the all-time homers list.
Alou, who has been a disappointment since signing in the offseason as a free agent, followed Sosa by hitting his first homer of the season.
Ryan Klesko had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning to plate D'Angelo Jimenez with the Padres' lone run.