SAN DIEGO -- There was no question Greg Maddux was going to earn his 309th win.
The Chicago Cubs gave Maddux far more runs than he needed, embarrassing the San Diego Padres 11-5 on Saturday night, their eighth win in nine games. Major-league batting leader Derrek Lee had two hits during a seven-run fifth inning.
Even Maddux singled and scored in the big inning, when the first eight Cubs batters reached base, with the first seven scoring for an 11-1 lead.
"Nice," Maddux said. "It's one of those 'not how you pitch, when you pitch' games. We scored in big innings, man.
"You don't expect something like that, but I'm happy to get it. Did anybody not get a hit? Everybody was swinging."
Maddux's victory tied him for 19th on the all-time list with Mickey Welch. Maddux (4-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out four and walked one.
Lee went 2-for-5 to raise his average to .380. He was one of six Cubs with at least two hits. Aramis Ramirez and Jerry Hairston had three each.
Corey Patterson was the only Cubs regular without a hit and an RBI.
The Cubs have at least 10 hits in each of their last eight wins.
"The team is starting to realize what we can do," manager Dusty Baker said. "We're trying to put some distance on .500, and just do whatever we can to stay in this race."
Despite the ugly loss, the NL West-leading Padres gained a half-game over Arizona, which dropped a doubleheader at Philadelphia. The Padres lead the division by a season-high four games.
The Cubs sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth, had eight hits, an intentional walk and chased two pitchers.
With the Cubs leading 4-1, Lee opened the inning with a double to left to chase starter Darrell May (0-1). Brian Falkenborg came on and allowed the next seven batters to reach base without getting an out, exiting with the Cubs leading 10-1.
Among the six hits allowed by Falkenborg were Michael Barrett's bases-loaded ground-rule double, Jeromy Burnitz's RBI double and RBI singles by Jason Dubois, Maddux and Hairston.
Dennys Reyes came on and struck out Neifi Perez for the first out, allowed Lee's RBI single to make it 11-1, then retired Ramirez and Dubois.
"The big inning killed us," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We just couldn't get an out there. Falkenborg has been throwing well but couldn't get an out. This is one that we just let it get away. We'll put it behind us."
By allowing six runs without getting an out, Falkenborg's ERA soared from 3.68 to 11.05.
May allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out one.
"I think they are definitely a beatable team if you don't make mistakes," Blum said. "They crush mistakes. They hit all my mistakes."
Several Padres were sick, including Ryan Klesko, who was scratched from the lineup.
"But you can't take anything away from the Cubs," said second baseman Geoff Blum, among those who have upper respiratory infections. "We've run into a club that is swinging the bats well and getting some good pitching."
Perez homered with one out in the first, his seventh, to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. The Padres tied it in the bottom of the inning on Phil Nevin's single to right.
The Cubs went ahead 4-1 in the fourth on Ramirez's leadoff homer, his 11th, Hairston's RBI single and an error by shortstop Khalil Greene, whose throw to third hit Dubois as he slid into the bag, allowing him to score.
Xavier Nady, who replaced right fielder Brian Giles in the sixth, hit a two-run homer in the sixth, his fifth, and an RBI double in the seventh. Mark Sweeney added an RBI single in the seventh.