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Maddux sets mark with win
Padres pitcher passes Cy Young, tops Phillies
Passing Cy Young didn't faze Greg Maddux. Moving ahead of his older brother was a bit more exciting.
Maddux became the first pitcher to win 10 games in 20 consecutive seasons, tossing seven solid innings in the San Diego Padres' 14-3 rout of the Phillies last night in Philadelphia.
Milton Bradley hit a pair of three-run homers and Adrian Gonzalez also connected twice for the Padres, who moved three games ahead of the Phillies in the National League wild-card race. Josh Bard had five of the Padres' season-high 22 hits.
Maddux (10-9) allowed three runs and seven hits, outpitching Jamie Moyer in a matchup of 40-something hurlers with a combined 570 wins.
Cy Young had 19 straight seasons with double-digit wins from 1891-1909. Maddux is tied with Nolan Ryan for second behind Don Sutton for most seasons with 10 wins. Sutton had 21.
"I didn't know that. That's cool," Maddux said, shrugging off his latest accomplishment.
How about surpassing Mike Maddux on San Diego's all-time list for wins? Mike had nine wins for the Padres in 1991-92.
"That's big," Greg said with a smile.
Benches emptied in the fourth inning when Carlos Ruiz slid hard into Padres second baseman Marcus Giles trying to break up a double play on a grounder by Abraham Nunez.
Giles got up after his late relay throw to first base and immediately got in Ruiz's face, but no punches were thrown.
Ruiz's late slide into Giles's knees cost the Phillies a run. Umpires ruled interference so Nunez was out at first and Shane Victorino returned to third base, even though he scored easily on the play.
After seeing the replay, Ruiz said he understood why Giles was angry.
"It was a little high," Ruiz said. "I was just thinking about breaking up the double play. I was just playing hard."
Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 2 -- Sean Marshall gave up one run in six innings, Jacque Jones had four hits, and visiting Chicago defeated Arizona in a showdown of NL division leaders.
The lefthanded Marshall (7-6) cruised through a lineup with eight righthanded hitters, allowing two hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Arizona's lead in the NL West shrunk to two games over San Diego.
Braves 7, Cardinals 2 -- John Smoltz worked eight innings for the second straight start and Mark Teixeira drove in his 29th run in 22 games with Atlanta, which ended a three-game losing streak with a victory in St. Louis.
Smoltz (12-6) limited the Cardinals to two runs and six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. It was a strong followup to his last outing against the Diamondbacks in which he had a season-best 12 strikeouts.
Mets 5, Dodgers 2 -- Oliver Perez outpitched Los Angeles ace Brad Penny, and host New York got a dazzling all-around performance from David Wright.
Wright homered, drove in two runs and made a pair of outstanding defensive plays at third base. Ruben Gotay hit an RBI double in the first inning, and New York's shaky bullpen bounced back from a rough series against San Diego.
Rockies 6, Nationals 5 -- Matt Holliday sparked a five-run, ninth-inning rally, and Colorado beat Washington in Denver.
The Rockies trailed, 5-1, going into the ninth, before Holliday hit a two-run homer, his 23d of the year, off closer Chad Cordero (2-3). The Rockies then loaded the bases with no outs and Cordero was replaced by Jon Rauch, who gave up a two-run single to Yorvit Torrealba to pull the Rockies within 5-4.
Giants 11, Brewers 6 -- Barry Bonds hit his 761st home run and pitcher Noah Lowry had three RBIs, helping host San Francisco drop Milwaukee further back in the NL Central.
Pirates 8 Astros 3 -- Adam LaRoche's three-run homer triggered a five-run 15th inning and visiting Pittsburgh moved ahead of Houston and out of the cellar in the NL Central.
Reds 5, Marlins 3 -- Aaron Harang won for the third time in four August starts and host Cincinnati tied a season high with its fourth straight victory, beating Florida.
Devil Rays 12, Athletics 2 -- James Shields carried a shutout into the ninth inning and host Tampa Bay ended Oakland's five-game winning streak.
Angels 3, Blue Jays 0 -- Jered Weaver pitched six scoreless innings and host Los Angeles got RBI singles from Vladimir Guerrero, Maicer Izturis and Orlando Cabrera against Roy Halladay to beat Toronto.
Royals 2, Indians 1 -- Zack Greinke and five Kansas City relievers combined on a six-hitter and the host Royals beat Cleveland and C.C. Sabathia.
Twins 7, Orioles 4 -- Justin Morneau ended a 28-game home run drought and Jason Kubel homered and drove in three runs, sparking a late rally that carried Johan Santana and visiting Minnesota past Baltimore.
Mariners 4, Rangers 2 -- Jose Guillen homered and drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the seventh to lift Seattle past Texas in Arlington, Texas.