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Maddux nails 15 wins again

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2004

 

  AP Photo/Mark Genito Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux pitched six innings and gave up three runs Thursday in Pittsburgh. AP Photo/Mark Genito

AP Photo/Mark Genito Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux pitched six innings and gave up three runs Thursday in Pittsburgh.

AP Photo/Mark Genito

PITTSBURGH Greg Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 Thursday.

Maddux also hit a two-run single in a four-run second inning for the Cubs, who began the day a half-game behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.

Maddux (15-10) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings with no walks and six strikeouts. Maddux, 20th on the career wins list with 304, last year surpassed Cy Young's 15 consecutive 15-win seasons.

LaTroy Hawkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 30 chances.

Nelson Figueroa (0-3) gave up four runs and five hits in two innings for Pittsburgh.

Cardinals 4, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE St. Louis reached 100 wins for the first time since 1985 and the seventh time overall.

Yadier Molina hit his first major league home run, a two-out drive in the eighth off Matt Wise (1-2) that broke a 2-2 tie. Hector Luna followed with his third homer of the season, his fourth hit of the game.

St. Louis, which clinched the NL Central title last weekend, has 10 games remaining and can surpass its club record of 106 wins, set in 1942.

Dan Haren, pitching because Chris Carpenter strained his right biceps, made his first start for St. Louis since Aug. 20. He allowed one run and two hits in five innings and matched his career high with six strikeouts.

Given a 2-1 lead, Cal Eldred (4-2) allowed a tying homer in the sixth to Geoff Jenkins. Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his league-leading 45th save in 52 chances, completing a four-hitter.

Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 1

Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 1

DENVER Jeromy Burnitz drove in the winning run with a bloop single in the 10th inning to give Colorado a doubleheader sweep against Arizona.

In the opener, Jeff Francis (3-2) gave up one run and seven hits and matched a career high by striking out eight.

In the second game, Todd Helton doubled to right field to start the 10th inning against Randy Choate (2-4), who then walked Vinny Castilla intentionally.

Burnitz followed with a single in front of left fielder Andy Green.

Allan Simpson (2-1) worked a scoreless 10th to earn the victory.

Brandon Webb (6-16) remained winless in four starts. He allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings in the first game.

Mets 4, Expos 2

MONTREAL Tom Glavine (10-13) won for just the third time since mid-June, and Gerald Williams and Victor Diaz homered to lead the New York Mets over Montreal.

Glavine now has 261 victories, trailing only 300-game winners Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux among active pitchers.

Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 32 chances.

Brad Wilkerson went 3-for-4 and tied Tony Batista for the team lead with 31 homers when he connected in the fifth inning to make it 4-2. Wilkerson homered in the third to give Montreal two hitters with 30 homers in the same season for the first time in franchise history.

New York moved three games ahead of last-place Montreal in the NL East.

Tomo Ohka (3-6) made his first start since breaking his forearm June 10. He allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings.

Phillies 9, Marlins 8

MIAMI Jimmy Rollins' two-out homer in the 10th inning gave Philadelphia a victory and moved World Series champion Florida within a game of elimination in the NL East title race.

The Marlins dropped into a tie with Philadelphia for second place in the division. The best the teams can do is tie Atlanta atop the East.

Rollins hit a pitch from Armando Benitez (2-2) over the right-field fence for his 12th homer.

Billy Wagner (4-0), who gave up the tying run in the ninth, earned the win. Todd Jones got three outs for his second save. Philadelphia's Jim Thome hit a three-run home run in the fifth his 42nd.

Reds 3, Braves 2

ATLANTA Gabe White earned his first save in over four years, preserving Cincinnati's win and preventing Atlanta from clinching another division title.

The Braves' magic number in the NL East was reduced to one when Philadelphia beat Florida, but Atlanta will have to wait at least another day to clinch its 13th consecutive division championship.

With one out in the ninth and the Reds ahead 3-1, Joe Valentine walked three straight batters before giving way to White. Chipper Jones hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and Johnny Estrada hit a popup to second.

It was White's first save since September 1, 2000.

Cincinnati rookie Luke Hudson (4-2) allowed one run and two hits in five innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. Atlanta starter Jaret Wright (15-8) gave up four hits and two runs in six innings.

Dodgers 9, Padres 6

SAN DIEGO Cesar Izturis homered and Adrian Beltre had three hits for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who survived a shaky start by Kazuhisa Ishii and beat San Diego to take a 1 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.

San Francisco lost 7-3 to Houston. The Dodgers and Giants open a three-game series Friday night in San Francisco.

Los Angeles, whose rotation has struggled, won for just the fourth time in 11 games since Sept. 11, when it had a six-game lead. The Padres' playoffs hopes grew bleaker; they fell 5 1/2 games behind the Dodgers and 4 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the wild-card race.

The Dodgers knocked out Brian Lawrence starting on three days' rest because David Wells was sick after four innings and were up 7-0 after five.

They then watched as the Padres rallied for four runs with two outs in the fifth off Ishii, who has been demoted twice in the last two months and was pitching for the first time in 13 days.

Ishii dodged several jams until he got to the fifth, when he walked the bases full before allowing Rich Aurilia's three-run double to center, which eluded a diving Steve Finley. Ishii walked Ryan Klesko and was relieved by Elmer Dessens, who allowed Ramon Hernandez's RBI single. Klesko was thrown out trying to score from second on Ramon Vazquez's single to left.

Ishii hadn't pitched since Sept. 10, when he allowed four runs on four hits in 2 1-3 innings against St. Louis. Against the Padres, he allowed four runs and four hits in 4 2-3 innings, while walking six and striking out five.

Rookie Yhency Brazoban (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Eric Gagne pitched a perfect eighth before allowing three singles and two sacrifice flies in the ninth. He held on for his 43rd save in 45 chances, the fourth two-inning save of his career.

Lawrence (15-13) pitched on three days rest for the second straight start. He allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits in four innings. He struck out two and walked one.

Izturis homered to right leading off the third, his fourth, and Finley had an RBI double. The Dodgers made it 5-0 in the fifth when Izturis and Brent Mayne each had a sacrifice fly and a third run scored on a fielding error by second baseman Mark Loretta.

The Padres were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position over the first three innings, stranding five.

Los Angeles' Jayson Werth was thrown out trying to score on Finley's double to right, although replays appeared to show he was safe.

Notes: Gagne is 15-for-15 in career save chances against San Diego, and had not allowed a run to the Padres until Thursday. ... Dodgers' slugger Shawn Green will sit out Saturday afternoon's game at San Francisco in observance of Yom Kippur. He'll play Friday night, even though the holiest day on the Jewish calendar starts at sunset Friday. ... Loretta singled to center in the first inning for his 200th hit. He and Tony Gwynn are the only Padres players to get that many hits in a season. Gwynn did it five times, including a club-record 220 hits in 1997.



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