Maddux earns career win No. 298

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2004

CHICAGO Greg Maddux pitched a four-hitter for his 298th career win, Moises Alou hit two of Chicago's four homers and the Cubs routed the Cincinnati Reds 13-2 Thursday.

Working quickly, Maddux (9-7) pitched his second straight complete game and 105th of his career. It was the first time he pitched back-to-back complete games since July 21 and 26, 1999.

Maddux walked none and struck out six. He needed just 92 pitches in a game that took 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Marlins 10, Phillies 8

PHILADELPHIA Alex Gonzalez and Jeff Conine each hit three-run homers, and Mike Redmond added a solo shot to lead Florida over the Phillies.

Armando Benitez bailed the Marlins out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning, helping Florida move within two games of the Phillies and Atlanta for the NL East lead.

Carl Pavano (10-4) got the win.

Braves 2, Pirates 1, 10 innings

ATLANTA Johnny Estrada drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, leading the Braves past Pittsburgh.

The Braves rallied against Salomon Torres (6-4), who was pitching for the first time since serving a three-game suspension for throwing twice at Oakland's Damian Miller last month.

Expos 4, Mets 1

NEW YORK Tony Batista hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, leading Montreal over the Mets.

Brad Wilkerson added homer for the Expos, who split the two-game series and finally return to Montreal after going 10-15 on a six-city trip that featured 25 games in 28 days.

Dodgers 4, Rockies 2

LOS ANGELES Milton Bradley hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and Los Angeles pulled off another late comeback, beating Colorado for its 15th victory in 17 games.

Aaron Cook pitched seven gritty innings for the Rockies in a spirited duel with Odalis Perez and handed a 2-1 lead to Tim Harikkala (4-2).

Cardinals 4, Brewers 0

ST. LOUIS Jason Marquis threw eight sharp innings, Jim Edmonds homered off Ben Sheets and St. Louis Cardinals shut out Milwaukee for the second consecutive game.

Edgar Renteria, Albert Pujols and John Mabry drove in a run apiece to help the Cardinals sweep the two-game series. They also shut out the Brewers 1-0 on Wednesday, and Thursday was the eighth time Milwaukee has been blanked this year.

Padres 9, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO Jay Payton hit a three-run homer in San Diego's six-run third inning and the Padres ended Jason Schmidt's 12-game winning streak by beating San Francisco.

Schmidt (12-3) was off from the outset in his worst start of the season, allowing nine hits, eight runs and four walks in 5 2-3 innings for his first loss in 17 outings since April 21.

Astros 10, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX Carlos Beltran drove in three runs with two homers and Adam Everett tied his career high with four RBIs to power Houston past Arizona, the Diamondbacks' second 11-game losing streak this season.

Everett had a two-run homer off Edgar Gonzalez (0-2) and a two-run single before getting spiked in the eighth inning and having to leave the game. He is day to day.

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