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Dodgers 7, Reds 3

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LOS ANGELES -- Greg Maddux earned his 330th win to move into 10th place on the career list, which he acknowledged was "kind of cool."

Pitching for a contender puts things in an entirely different perspective.

Maddux worked seven solid innings, and the Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete one of the most successful months since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

Off on Thursday, the Dodgers will begin September with a three-game lead over San Diego in the NL West -- not bad considering they were in last place a month ago at this time. That's when they acquired Maddux from the Chicago Cubs, a team that had no chance to make the playoffs.

"You try harder," Maddux said when asked about pitching for a contender. "You're not pitching for yourself. Any time you're not pitching for yourself, you do better."

The Dodgers went 21-7 in August, matching their highest single-month victory total since the move west from Brooklyn. Six of those wins came over Cincinnati for their first season sweep of the Reds while playing in Los Angeles.

Maddux (12-11) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings while walking none, striking out three and throwing 77 pitches before being relieved by Brett Tomko to start the eighth.

Maddux entered the game tied with Steve Carlton for 10th on the career wins list.

"I had a chance to watch him pitch a few games," Maddux said. "I've always admired what he did on the mound."

Maddux, who pitched six hitless innings Aug. 3 in Cincinnati in his first game with the Dodgers, is 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA against the Reds this season. He beat them three times while pitching for the Cubs before being traded to Los Angeles.

"He doesn't have 300 career wins for nothing," Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. said. "I mean, there's a whole lot of other teams he's beaten. It just so happens that it's magnified because we're in a pennant race."

The 40-year-old right-hander also drove in two runs with a single and a suicide squeeze, and started double plays in the second and fourth after fielding grounders. Maddux has won 15 Gold Gloves in his career.

The Reds have lost six straight to fall to .500 for the first time since they had a 1-1 record. They trail St. Louis by 4½ games in the NL Central.

"At the beginning of the year, nobody even put us in contention," Griffey said. "So to be in this position, we've obviously done some things right. Look at those guys. I mean, didn't they lose like 11 in a row? And now look at them. So, obviously, we could turn it around just like they did. And that's what you've got to look forward to - getting on the right track."

Maddux brought a .113 batting average to the plate when he lined a two-out single to center off Aaron Harang (13-10) in the second to put the Dodgers ahead for good. Russell Martin's RBI single in the fourth and J.D. Drew's run-scoring triple in the fifth made it 3-0.

Jason LaRue snapped an 0-for-30 slump by hitting Maddux's first pitch of the sixth over the left-field fence for his sixth homer. Wilson Betemit and Martin hit one-out singles in the bottom half before Maddux laid down a perfect bunt, driving in Betemit. Maddux received a standing ovation as he left the field.

The Reds made it 4-2 in the seventh on Scott Hatteberg's run-scoring single. With two outs and two on, pinch-hitter Javier Valentin hit a liner that appeared headed for right field, but first baseman Nomar Garciaparra lunged to knock the ball down and underhanded to Maddux for the out.

The Dodgers hit three solo homers in the eighth, with Betemit connecting off Scott Schoeneweis, and pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz and Rafael Furcal going back-to-back against Matt Belisle.

An RBI single by Reds pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth in the ninth completed the scoring.

Harang allowed 10 hits and four runs in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Notes

Griffey singled in the second to extend his hitting streak to 15 games -- longest by a Cincinnati player this season. ... The Dodgers recalled LHP Hong-Chih Kuo from Triple-A Las Vegas, making room by optioning LHP Tim Hamulack to Class-A Vero Beach. ... The Reds signed RHP Jason Johnson to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Louisville. Johnson was 3-12 with a 6.35 ERA in 20 starts for Cleveland and Boston earlier this season.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

G. Maddux
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 0
K 3
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, RF4010020 .279
Adam Dunn, LF4000011 .247
Rich Aurilia, 2B4010001 .289
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4120001 .258
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4120011 .296
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3011111 .304
Royce Clayton, SS4010013 .263
Jason LaRue, C3111002 .175
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Hollandsworth, PH1011000 .238
Aaron Harang, P2000000 .138
   b- Javier Valentin, PH-C2000004 .233
Totals3531031614 
a-singled for Cormier in the 9th
b-grounded out for Harang in the 7th
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (30, Maddux)
HR - Jason LaRue (6, Maddux)
RBI - Scott Hatteberg (47), Jason LaRue (18), Todd Hollandsworth (32)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Hollandsworth (13)
SB - Ryan Freel (31, 2nd base off Maddux/Martin)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ken Griffey Jr. 1
E - Ryan Freel (5, )
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,13-10) 61044270 3.75
Scott Schoeneweis 1111101 5.77
Matt Belisle 0.1222002 4.76
Rheal Cormier 0.2000000 2.20
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 103-71, Scott Schoeneweis 13-8, Matt Belisle 12-7, Rheal Cormier 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-6, Scott Schoeneweis 2-1, Rheal Cormier 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 29, Scott Schoeneweis 5, Matt Belisle 3, Rheal Cormier 2
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5131013 .285
Kenny Lofton, CF4000112 .305
Julio Lugo, 2B4110010 .292
J.D. Drew, RF3011112 .277
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4110003 .315
Andre Ethier, LF3110111 .335
Wilson Betemit, 3B4221022 .274
Russell Martin, C4021001 .288
Greg Maddux, P2012002 .127
    Brett Tomko, P0000000 .120
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1111000 .297
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals3471373716 
a-homered for Tomko in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (26, Harang), Julio Lugo (20, Harang)
3B - J.D. Drew (5, Harang)
HR - Rafael Furcal (9, Belisle), Wilson Betemit (16, Schoeneweis), Olmedo Saenz (10, Belisle)
SH - Julio Lugo (5), Greg Maddux (5)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (49), J.D. Drew (77), Wilson Betemit (43), Russell Martin (52), Greg Maddux 2 (7), Olmedo Saenz (44)
2-OUT RBI - Greg Maddux (2)
SB - Andre Ethier (5, 2nd base off Harang/LaRue)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Maddux-Furcal-Garciaparra, Maddux-Furcal-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Brett Tomko (H,2) 1000010 4.70
Jonathan Broxton 1211120 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 72-50, Brett Tomko 9-6, Jonathan Broxton 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 10-6
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 27, Brett Tomko 3, Jonathan Broxton 6
Game Information
Attendance - 47356
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Layne