Two months into the season, Cameron Maybin walked into U.S. Cellular Field still looking for his first RBI. A heckuva lot longer had passed since the Padres’ center fielder had circled the bases.

Both droughts ended Friday night with one swing of the bat.

“I still feel that I have a long ways to go,” Maybin said after his third-inning homer got the Padres started on a 4-1 win over White Sox. “I’m trying to go out there every day and put together good at-bats, man. I figure if I continue to swing the bat well, the RBIs and stuff, those things will start to come. My biggest thing is trying to hit line drives and keep trying to make the pitchers work.

“I think that I’ve done a good job of that since I’ve been back. I just have to keep it going.”

Maybin made his own pitcher work a little harder, too, when he lost track of the outs an inning after his first home run since June 9, 2013.

But Ian Kennedy didn’t let a mental lapse – which set up Chicago’s first run of the game – throw him off his game too long, the Padres got it back a half inning later and Yonder Alonso gave the pitching staff a cushion with a two-run homer in the eighth, his fourth in his last 15 games.

That effort, of course, started with six strong innings from Kennedy (4-6), who struck out nine batters and allowed one run on four hits and three walks.

“Ian’s fastball I thought was the key tonight,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “The fastball right from the get-go had life in the hitting area and I thought he commanded it for the most part pretty well. … He made some pitches when he needed to. I thought he threw a good game. He set the tone.”