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Friday, 24 August 2007 19:30
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 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Greg 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 Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Milton Bradley hit a pair of three-run homers and Adrian Gonzalez connected twice for the Padres, who moved three games ahead of the Phillies in the NL wild-card race. Josh Bard had five of the Padres' season-high 22 hits.
San Diego entered three games behind Arizona in the West, while Philadelphia fell six behind the New York Mets in the East.
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.
Moyer (11-10) gave up eight runs - six earned - and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 2
PHOENIX (AP) - Sean Marshall gave up one run in six innings and Jacque Jones had four hits.
The left-handed Marshall (7-6) cruised through a lineup with eight right-handed 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.
Ryan Dempster got one out in the ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.
Micah Owings struggled through a 36-pitch first inning as the Cubs took a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Derrek Lee and Mark DeRosa.
Owings (6-7) made it 2-1 in the third when he drove Marshall's first pitch 386 feet into the left field seats for his fourth home run, and his third in five at-bats. Owings homered twice in a four-hit game at Atlanta on Aug. 18.
Mets 5, Dodgers 2
NEW YORK (AP) - Oliver Perez outpitched Los Angeles Dodgers ace Brad Penny, and 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.
Perez (12-8) tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and overcoming five walks. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first, struck out six and threw 119 pitches to win his second consecutive start.
That was enough to beat Penny (14-4), who lasted six innings against a familiar nemesis. The big right-hander fell to 5-11 against the Mets in his career, and 1-9 in 11 starts at Shea Stadium.
Braves 7, Cardinals 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) - John Smoltz worked eight innings for the second straight start and Mark Teixeira drove in his 29th run in 22 games with the Atlanta Braves.
Chipper Jones had a two-run double and Teixera had an RBI single in a five-run fifth against Kip Wells (6-14) that put Atlanta ahead 7-2. Paul McCann had a two-run double in the third for the Braves, who didn't need a closer on the day they cut ties with Bob Wickman.
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.
Giants 11, Brewers 6
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds hit his 761st home run and pitcher Noah Lowry had three RBIs to help drop the Brewers further back in the National League Central.
Lowry hit his second career homer and Kevin Frandsen also went deep for the Giants, who have won seven of their last nine. Omar Vizquel had two hits and drove in three runs.
The Brewers fell 1 1/2 games back of the division-leading Chicago Cubs and trail Philadelphia by 4 1/2 games for the wild card.
Lowry (14-7) gave up season-highs in runs (6) and hits (12) but still managed to improve his August record to 12-0 in 20 career starts.
Bonds hit a towering shot off Chris Capuano (5-11) with one out in the fourth.
Pirates 8, Astros 3
HOUSTON (AP) - Adam LaRoche's three-run homer triggered a five-run 15th inning and the to move Pittsburgh ahead of Houston out of last place in the NL Central.
The Pirates have won three straight and seven of nine and moved out of last place in the Central by three percentage points ahead of the Astros.
Only two of the 15th-inning runs were earned off of reliever Travis Driskill (0-1) who pitched three innings. Driskill was making his first appearance in the majors this year. His contract was purchased Wednesday from Triple-A Round Rock.
Reliever Shane Youman (3-4) pitched the last two innings for Pittsburgh.
Reds 5, Marlins 3
CINCINNATI (AP) - Aaron Harang won for the third time in four August starts and Cincinnati tied a season high with its fourth straight victory.
Brandon Phillips had three hits, including a home run, and drove in two for Cincinnati
Harang (13-3) allowed eight hits and three runs with one walk and five strikeouts in seven innings to improve to 8-1 in his last 17 starts, dating back to May 25.
David Weathers pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 33 opportunities.
Dontrelle Willis (8-13), who had nine consecutive losing decisions before beating Arizona 14-5 on Aug. 14, allowed eight hits and five runs with no walks and three strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings.
Rockies 6, Nationals 5
DENVER (AP) - Matt Holliday sparked a five-run, ninth-inning rally against Chad Cordero (2-3).
The Rockies avoided falling back to .500 for what would have been the first time since after play on July 26 and stayed 4 1/2 games behind San Diego in the wild card.
After Brian Fuentes (1-5) pitched a perfect ninth, Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer. 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 make it 5-4.
After a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, Kaz Matsui hit a soft grounder up the middle that shortstop D'Angelo Jimenez couldn't make a play on. Jimenez was charged with an error on the play.
Brad Hawpe scored, and the Rockies ran onto the field and celebrated with Matsui.
 

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