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Padres roll to ninth in a row, knocking out Cubs' Maddux in fourth

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Things are going so well for the San Diego Padres that for one night, at least, they made Greg Maddux look average.

The 40-year-old Maddux couldn't get out of the fourth inning Monday night, when the defending NL West champs won their ninth straight game, 8-3 over the reeling Chicago Cubs.

Khalil Greene homered and Mike Cameron had three RBI to hasten Maddux's exit in his worst start of the year as the Cubs lost their seventh straight game, and for the ninth time in 10 games.

"Greg Maddux is Greg Maddux -- he's a great pitcher," Padres leadoff batter Dave Roberts said. "You don't go in there expecting to score a lot of runs against him, especially the way he started the season. We just put some hits together and it worked out for us tonight."

The Padres are on their longest winning streak since setting the club record with 14 straight in 1999. They are two games above .500 (17-15) for the first time this year.

San Diego's top three batters had a monster night, much of it coming off Maddux. Roberts had three hits, three stolen bases and scored four runs, while Cameron and Brian Giles each finished with three hits and three RBI.

Right-hander Chris Young wrapped up the four-game sweep by snapping his personal two-game losing streak.

Maddux didn't waste much time trying to analyze this one.

"I threw too many pitches over the middle of the plate," said the four-time Cy Young winner, who has made a career of painting the corners.

"The easiest way to win a game is to shut the other team down, and I didn't do it," he said. "You'd like to come in and control the first five or six innings and see what happens from there. I never gave us a chance."

Maddux (5-2) lost his second straight start after beginning the season 5-0 for the first time in his illustrious career. He allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking two.

Roberts, Cameron and Giles each had two hits off Maddux. Roberts scored three runs, Cameron had two and Giles knocked in two runs while Maddux was still in the game.

"It took us a little bit longer than we had hoped to come to fruition, but it's here right now and hopefully we can ride this out," Roberts said.

A win would have tied Maddux with Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton for 13th on the all-time victories list with 324. Instead, Maddux had his shortest start since he went two innings against Florida on April 5, 2003. He also went 3 2/3 innings last June 15, also against Florida.

Maddux trailed 3-1 going into the Padres' fourth. With one out, Greene hit a towering shot into the balcony on the second floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse just beyond the left-field corner at Petco Park. It was the team-high sixth homer for the shortstop, who pulled out of a slump on Sunday by going 4-for-4 with four RBI.

Adrian Gonzalez singled and was sacrificed to second by Young, Roberts singled and stole second, and Cameron drove in both with a double down the left-field line. Giles doubled in Cameron to make it 7-1, and that was it for Maddux.

"His location was off tonight," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "We got beat by a hot team. They were hitting bloopers. They were hitting everything. Sometimes there's nothing you can do about it, you just ride it out."

Said Padres manager Bruce Bochy: "He was pitching up more than I've seen. He wasn't sharp with his command."

San Diego took a 2-0 lead in the first when the first three Padres reached base, with Cameron and Giles hitting RBI singles.

Roberts tripled with one out in the third. With two outs, Giles was intentionally walked to get to Mike Piazza, who singled to center to score Roberts.

Young (3-2) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. He struck out three and walked two.

San Diego native Jacque Jones homered for the Cubs leading off the seventh, his fifth, and Ronny Cedeno hit an RBI triple. Aramis Ramirez had a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Notes

  • Greene made a nice diving stop of Ramirez's grounder in the eighth and flipped the ball with his glove to 2B Barfield to start a double play.
  • Despite the Padres' winning streak and Maddux's appearance, the game drew only 24,139 fans.
  • Maddux is 23-15 with a 3.15 ERA against the Padres in 42 career starts.
  • The Cubs outrighted OF Michael Restovich to Triple-A Iowa and recalled INF Ryan Theriot from Iowa. Restovich was hitting .167 in 10 games.
  • The Padres got their first-ever four-game sweep of the Cubs in San Diego.
  • Cameron was back in the lineup after suffering from flu-like symptoms on Sunday.
 
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Greg Maddux yields seven runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings to lose his second consecutive start.  (AP)
Greg Maddux yields seven runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings to lose his second consecutive start. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

D. Roberts
AB 4
R 4
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
San Diego

B. Giles
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF5010002 .238
Ronny Cedeno, SS4011011 .315
Todd Walker, 1B3110102 .313
Michael Barrett, C3010101 .274
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3011002 .223
Matt Murton, LF4010002 .287
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Jacque Jones, RF4121001 .253
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B2000013 .235
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .333
   a- Freddie Bynum, PH1000000 .172
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    John Mabry, LF1010000 .250
Greg Maddux, P1000000 .133
    Neifi Perez, 2B3110010 .184
Totals3431032314 
a-flied out for Rusch in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (5, C. Young)
3B - Ronny Cedeno (3, C. Young)
HR - Jacque Jones (5, C. Young)
SF - Aramis Ramirez (1)
RBI - Ronny Cedeno (9), Aramis Ramirez (13), Jacque Jones (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ronny Cedeno (4)
SB - Juan Pierre (11, 2nd base off C. Young/Piazza)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Barrett-Hairston
Chicago Cubs
Greg Maddux (L,5-2) 3.2977241 3.64
Glendon Rusch 2.1200210 6.75
Bob Howry 1100000 1.69
Ryan Dempster 1211000 1.80
IBB - Giles by Greg Maddux
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 70-45, Glendon Rusch 47-26, Bob Howry 11-8, Ryan Dempster 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 3-3, Glendon Rusch 3-3, Bob Howry 3-0, Ryan Dempster 1-2
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 21, Glendon Rusch 11, Bob Howry 4, Ryan Dempster 5
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, LF4430100 .275
Mike Cameron, CF5233001 .263
Brian Giles, RF3033100 .287
Mike Piazza, C3021110 .231
    Josh Bard, PR-C1000001 .217
Vinny Castilla, 3B4000115 .242
Josh Barfield, 2B4010013 .276
Khalil Greene, SS4111011 .227
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4110001 .224
Chris Young, P2000010 .188
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Bellhorn, PH1000001 .250
    Scott Cassidy, P0000000 .000
    Dewon Brazelton, P0000000 .250
Totals3581484513 
a-grounded out for Embree in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron (3, Maddux), Brian Giles (5, Maddux)
3B - Dave Roberts (6, Maddux)
HR - Khalil Greene (6, Maddux)
SF - Brian Giles (3)
SH - Chris Young (1)
RBI - Mike Cameron 3 (7), Brian Giles 3 (18), Mike Piazza (7), Khalil Greene (21)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Cameron 2 (3), Brian Giles (7), Mike Piazza (2)
SB - Dave Roberts 3 (10, 2nd base off Maddux/Barrett, 2nd base off Maddux/Barrett, 2nd base off Dempster/Barrett), Josh Barfield (7, 2nd base off Howry/Barrett)
CS - Brian Giles (1, 2nd base by Maddux/Barrett)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Greene-Barfield-Gonzalez, Greene-Barfield-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (W,3-2) 6.2833231 3.61
Alan Embree 0.1000000 5.02
Scott Cassidy 1100000 1.02
Dewon Brazelton 1100000 10.00
WP - Chris Young (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 110-76, Alan Embree 1-1, Scott Cassidy 9-7, Dewon Brazelton 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 4-12, Alan Embree 1-0, Scott Cassidy 1-1, Dewon Brazelton 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 29, Alan Embree 1, Scott Cassidy 3, Dewon Brazelton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24139
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Andy Fletcher