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 SAN DIEGO (AP) -Greg Maddux became the ninth pitcher in big league history to win 350 games, reaching the plateau in his fifth try and leading the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
With Adrian Gonzalez hitting a three-run homer and the Padres ending a five-game losing streak, Mad Dog held the Rockies to an unearned run - set up by his three-base throwing error - and three hits in six innings. He struck out one and walked none.
The 42-year-old Maddux (3-3) improved to 350-217 in 23rd big league seasons. It's another milestone to go along with his four NL Cy Young Awards, one World Series championship and a record 17 Gold Glove Awards.
It was just the fifth win in 23 games for the Padres (13-24), who have the worst record in the majors. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances, extending his big league career record to 530.
Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez (1-3) struck out a career-high 11 in taking the loss.
Mets 12, Reds 6, 1st game; Reds 7, Mets 1, 2nd game
NEW YORK (AP) - Bronson Arroyo (2-4) pitched eight dominant innings to win a matchup of struggling pitchers and Jeff Keppinger had a career-high five hits, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the New York Mets for a split of their day-night doubleheader.
In the opener, Carlos Beltran hit a bases-loaded triple and drove in five runs to back Johan Santana's first home win for the Mets in a 12-6 victory. Carlos Delgado and Brian Schneider hit New York's first back-to-back homers of the season.
Ken Griffey Jr. had two hits and an RBI in the nightcap, a makeup of Friday night's rainout, but remained stalled in his bid to become the sixth player with 600 home runs. He is homerless in 59 at-bats.
The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the second but Arroyo struck out Ramon Castro, and pitcher Mike Pelfrey (2-3) flied out to right fielder Griffey, who made a basket catch on the run.
The Reds took the lead in the sixth on Scott Hatteberg's double, which scored Keppinger.
In the early game, Santana (4-2) allowed three runs and 10 hits, and struck out five in six innings. Matt Belisle (1-3) took the loss.
Giants 8, Phillies 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum (5-1) struck out eight in eight impressive innings to outpitch 45-year-old Jamie Moyer, and the Giants ended a season-worst five-game skid.
Omar Vizquel had three hits and scored a run in a successful return from the disabled list, Randy Winn hit his first home run of the year and Aaron Rowand connected against his former club for the second time in just more than a week.
Ryan Howard hit a leadoff homer on the first pitch from Lincecum in the second to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead, then Rowand tied it with his fourth homer leading off the bottom half. Chris Coste also homered for Philadelphia, a seventh-inning solo shot.
Moyer (2-3) faced a pitcher 22 years his junior for the second straight start. The 23-year-old Lincecum was born on June 7, 1984 - eight days after Moyer signed his first contract.
Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Alfonso Soriano had four hits, including a go-ahead double in a six-run seventh inning, and showed some flair on the bases to help the Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kosuke Fukudome's first homer since opening day capped the seventh-inning rally as the Cubs won their second straight against the team that swept them in the first round of the playoffs last October.
After a strong performance by Diamondbacks' rookie Max Scherzer, the Cubs trailed 2-1 headed into the seventh when they got to Arizona reliever Chad Qualls (0-4).
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster gave up only three hits and two runs in six innings. Scott Eyre (1-0), who just came off the disabled list Friday, pitched the seventh for the win.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning, and St. Louis' shaky bullpen held on as the Cardinals snapped a season-long three-game skid.
Prince Fielder hit a tying homer in the eighth for Milwaukee, and Ben Sheets set a franchise record for strikeouts with 1,086. Still, the slumping Brewers lost for the seventh time in eight games as Eric Gagne (1-2) took the loss.
Gagne gave up consecutive singles to start the ninth, intentionally walked Albert Pujols to load the bases with one out. Ludwick grounded a single just past shortstop J.J. Hardy one out later to give St. Louis a 5-3 lead.
Russ Springer (1-0) earned the win and Ryan Franklin, who took over the closer's role Saturday from struggling Jason Isringhausen, got three outs for his third career save and second this year.
Pirates 5, Braves 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tom Gorzelanny (3-3) shook off Mark Teixeira's two-run homer in the first inning to shut out Atlanta during the rest of his 7 1-3 innings, Jason Bay homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended the Braves' road woes.
Bay doubled and scored on Ronny Paulino's sacrifice fly in the second inning, then followed Jason Michaels' leadoff single with a two-run homer to left-center in the fourth off Chuck James (2-2). Paulino added a two-run double in the sixth and drove in three runs during Pittsburgh's fifth consecutive victory.
The Braves, who came to Pittsburgh after sweeping a six-game homestand against San Diego and Cincinnati, lost their sixth in a row away from home and are a major league-worst 4-13 on the road. The Braves own the majors' best home record of 14-4.
Marlins 11, Nationals 0
WASHINGTON (AP) - Dan Uggla drove in five runs, Andrew Miller allowed two hits in seven innings and the Florida Marlins won their sixth straight.
The Marlins' winning streak is their longest since they won nine in a row from Aug. 20-29, 2005. Florida (22-14) is eight games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 18, 2005.
Florida chased Mike O'Connor (1-1) - making his first start since Sept. 28, 2006 - during a seven-run fourth inning highlighted by Uggla's second career grand slam.
Miller (3-2) gave up singles in the first to Cristian Guzman and sixth to Felipe Lopez. He struck out seven and walked one.
Astros 5, Dodgers 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Sampson pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, and Darin Erstad and Miguel Tejada each drove in two runs for the Houston Astros.
Sampson (2-3) matched his longest outing of the season. The right-hander, who began his professional career as a shortstop, had given up 18 earned runs in 15 1-3 innings over his previous four starts.
Chad Billingsley (2-5) allowed five runs - four earned - and six hits in five innings for the Dodgers.
 

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