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Rookie's first win spoils Maddux's return to Atlanta

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- With his first victory as a starter, Atlanta's Roman Colon stole the spotlight from Chicago's Greg Maddux, who already has 312 wins.

Colon, making only his third start, gave up seven hits in seven innings to beat Maddux 5-1 in his much-anticipated return to Atlanta and hand the Cubs their sixth straight loss.

Colon (1-4) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh that preceded a rain delay of 1 hour, 59 minutes.

"That was awesome," Colon said. "You have to keep the game as close as you can."

Maddux (7-6), making his 622nd start and first appearance in Atlanta since leaving the Braves to sign with the Cubs following the 2003 season, allowed eight hits and five runs in six innings.

Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who leads the majors with a .378 average, left the game in the third inning with irritation in his left shoulder and will be examined Wednesday.

Marcus Giles was 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run double in the Braves' four-run fifth.

In the seventh, the Cubs loaded the bases on singles by Aramis Ramirez, Todd Hollandsworth and Henry Blanco. With one out, Colon struck out pinch-hitter Jose Macias and then ended the inning on a fly ball by Neifi Perez.

"I definitely think the guy today was Roman," Giles said. "He just tightened up his belt a little bit in that situation and that shows you a lot about him."

The Braves (47-37) moved 10 games over .500 for the first time this season. Atlanta has won four of five and 14 of 19.

Maddux, who won three Cy Young Awards with the Braves from 1993-2003, received a loud ovation when the starting lineups were introduced before the game and again before his first at-bat in the third inning.

"That was nice," he said. "It's nice not to be forgotten. I enjoyed that.

"I left here on good terms. I'm grateful for what the Braves did for me. They treated me great, paid me good and let me do my thing."

After facing only one batter, Maddux already was being visited by manager Dusty Baker, who wanted to make sure the 39-year-old was OK after having Rafael Furcal lead off with a shot that bounced off Maddux to Perez at shortstop. Perez threw out Furcal.

"I should have caught it," said Maddux, who said the ball hit his glove. "I whiffed."

Kelly Johnson followed with a double to center that Corey Patterson misplayed, taking a step in before watching the ball sail over his head. Johnson scored when Giles followed with a single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.

Hollandsworth's fifth homer pulled the Cubs even in the second.

Maddux gave up a leadoff double to Johnny Estrada in the second and then retired 10 straight batters. During that span, Maddux recorded six strikeouts, five on called strikes.

On consecutive strikeouts in the fourth, Andruw Jones and Adam LaRoche each were backing away as Maddux floated breaking balls over the plate for called third strikes.

But the Braves reached Maddux for four runs in the fifth, all scoring with two outs.

With one out, Wilson Betemit reached on an infield single and moved to second on Colon's sacrifice bunt. After a walk to Furcal, Johnson's single to center drove in Betemit. Giles drove in two runs with a double to center, and Jones' single -- the third straight hit to center -- scored Giles for a 5-1 lead.

"He was good except for that one inning," Baker said of Maddux. "We've got to stay out of that big inning."

Notes

  • Jones was thrown out by Blanco trying to steal second on a pitchout by Maddux in the fifth. Jones has two steals and has been caught twice.
  • The Cubs lost seven straight games from April 29-May 7.
  • Hollandsworth, who had two hits, has an eight-game hitting streak.
 
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Roman Colon scatters seven hits but allows just one run in seven innings.  (AP)
Roman Colon scatters seven hits but allows just one run in seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Giles
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Chicago

T. Hollandsworth
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Chicago Cubs
Neifi Perez, SS4010004 .269
Todd Walker, 2B-1B4010000 .288
Derrek Lee, 1B1000012 .377
    Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B3000010 .272
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4010001 .276
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3010101 .304
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4121001 .283
Corey Patterson, CF4000012 .232
Henry Blanco, C4010000 .162
Greg Maddux, P2010000 .182
   a- Jose Macias, PH1000013 .264
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .000
    Mike Remlinger, P0000000 .000
Totals341811414 
a-struck out for Maddux in the 7th
Batting
HR - Todd Hollandsworth (5, Colon)
RBI - Todd Hollandsworth (28)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago Cubs
Greg Maddux (L,7-6) 6855160 5.02
Roberto Novoa 1100120 2.57
Mike Remlinger 1000020 5.09
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 86-56, Roberto Novoa 22-14, Mike Remlinger 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 7-4, Mike Remlinger 1-0
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 26, Roberto Novoa 5, Mike Remlinger 3
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS3100110 .235
Kelly Johnson, LF3221100 .252
Marcus Giles, 2B4133000 .294
Andruw Jones, CF4011023 .280
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000022 .265
Johnny Estrada, C4020010 .274
Ryan Langerhans, RF4000022 .244
Wilson Betemit, 3B3110012 .291
Roman Colon, P1000011 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .302
    Jim Brower, P0000000 .000
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
Totals3159521010 
a-flied out for Colon in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (4, Maddux), Marcus Giles (26, Maddux), Johnny Estrada (20, Maddux)
SH - Roman Colon (1)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (21), Marcus Giles 3 (30), Andruw Jones (62)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (6), Marcus Giles 2 (11), Andruw Jones (28)
SB - Marcus Giles (12, 2nd base off Maddux/Blanco)
CS - Andruw Jones (2, 2nd base by Maddux/Blanco)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Furcal-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Roman Colon (W,1-4) 7711141 5.35
Jim Brower 1100000 5.54
Chris Reitsma 1000000 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Roman Colon 84-58, Jim Brower 19-12, Chris Reitsma 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roman Colon 8-8, Chris Reitsma 2-1
Batters Faced - Roman Colon 28, Jim Brower 4, Chris Reitsma 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34698
Game Time - 2:12
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Troy Fullwood, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Lazaro Diaz, Third Base - Dana DeMuth