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San Diego at Colorado

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San Diego (77-64) «020000001361
Colorado (73-68)010000000150

Padres 3, Rockies 1

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DENVER -- Greg Maddux wouldn't brag. He deferred all credit to his teammates.

That's just how he operates.

Maddux didn't walk a batter for the eighth straight start in leading the San Diego Padres to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night, and was as humble as ever.

Since Maddux wouldn't boast, manager Bud Black did it for him.

"Greg was great," Black said. "He was efficient at throwing strikes, moving the ball in and out, up and down, changing speeds -- great game."

The 41-year-old Maddux is pitching well with his team in the thick of a pennant chase. The win allowed the Padres to maintain their 2½-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the wild-card race. San Diego entered the game trailing Arizona by two games in the NL West.

Maddux (12-9) scattered three hits over six innings to win his fifth straight decision -- in a ballpark he's not particularly fond of.

"They hit everything at somebody," Maddux explained. "Just one of those things."

Maddux, who won for the 345th time in his career counteracted the thin air by getting the Rockies to hit into 12 groundouts. He also had three strikeouts.

"Everybody just caught it," Maddux said. "Let's face it -- I was hitting it a club farther on the golf course yesterday. This place is different."

Maddux ran his streak without a walk to 54 1/3 innings, spanning 212 batters. The last base on balls he surrendered was to Houston pitcher Roy Oswalt in the second inning on July 28 at Houston.

Maddux holds the NL record with 72 1/3 innings without a walk in 2001. He also went 51 innings without a base on balls in 1995.

But he doesn't think much about the streak. When asked about how well he's throwing, Maddux just shrugged his shoulders, deflecting the attention.

"I'm glad we're still in the hunt," Maddux said. "It's nice to be in a race when the games matter."

Trevor Hoffman led off the ninth with his 1,000th strikeout, getting Todd Helton to become the eighth reliever to reach the milestone. He finished up his perfect ninth by striking out Brad Hawpe for his 37th save in 42 opportunities.

Jeff Francis (15-7) pitched eight innings and giving up two runs on four hits. His bid to become the first Rockies lefty to win 16 games in a season was denied by a two-run second inning. He didn't allow a runner to reach second base after that.

Francis gave the bullpen a much needed breather a night after the Rockies used 10 pitchers -- an NL record for a nine-inning game -- in a 10-4 win.

"I thought he was really good, finished strong," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He was only sketchy in the one inning. His command got better as the game went on."

The Rockies were dealt a double blow in the eighth inning. Willy Taveras strained his right quad stealing a base and then Kaz Matsui strained his right hamstring hustling out a single.

Hurdle attempted to downplay the injuries after the game.

"We've got guys who can play those positions and those guys think they can help the team win," he said. "We've won games without those guys before. It's going to be a challenge."

The pivotal moment in the game came when Heath Bell struck out Matt Holliday to end the eighth inning with the tying run on third.

"Matty is having a big season, one of the big reasons that we're where we are in the season," Hurdle said. "Their guy made good pitches."

Maddux doesn't make many mistakes. That's why players tried to jump on an early pitch.

"He had real good stuff, he always keeps you guessing," Troy Tulowitzki said. "Sometimes you don't know to be patient or to be aggressive."

Kevin Kouzmanoff's RBI single in the second gave the Padres an early lead. Khalil Greene scored when Josh Bard hit into a double play. Green finished 2-for-4 with a double and had an RBI single in the ninth.

Greene is now hitting .348 in his career at Coors Field.

"I do see the ball here," he said. "It's a pretty spacious park in the gaps, which is where I tend to hit the ball."

As for Maddux's performance, Greene wasn't amazed by it. He's seen it before.

"He's fun to play behind," Greene said. "He's still a great pitcher."

Notes

Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the ninth. ... Black said there's no timetable for the return of Milton Bradley, who strained his right oblique muscle Friday night after fouling off a pitch. He's doubtful for Sunday's game.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

G. Maddux
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 3
 
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4010000 .293
Brady Clark, LF3010111 .231
Mike Cameron, CF3100112 .249
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3110101 .281
Khalil Greene, SS4121010 .253
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3011000 .249
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   a- Terrmel Sledge, PH0000000 .212
   b- Michael Barrett, PH1000001 .247
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Josh Bard, C3000000 .264
Geoff Blum, 2B-3B^2B3000000 .246
Greg Maddux, P2000000 .143
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .500
    Craig Stansberry, 2B0000000 .400
   c- Morgan Ensberg, PH-3B1000010 .227
Totals3036234  
a-announced for Bell in the 9th
b-grounded out for Sledge in the 9th
c-struck out for Stansberry in the 8th
Batting
2B - Khalil Greene (38, Francis)
RBI - Khalil Greene (78), Kevin Kouzmanoff (60)
SB - Mike Cameron (16, 3rd base off Julio/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Greene-Blum-Gonzalez
E - Adrian Gonzalez (9, Missed catch of throw)
San Diego Padres
Greg Maddux (W,12-9) 6311030 3.68
Doug Brocail (H,6) 0.2000100 3.39
Heath Bell (H,29) 1.1200030 2.26
Trevor Hoffman (S,37) 1000020 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 67-45, Doug Brocail 15-7, Heath Bell 28-21, Trevor Hoffman 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 12-3, Doug Brocail 1-1, Heath Bell 1-0
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 21, Doug Brocail 3, Heath Bell 6, Trevor Hoffman 3
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4010000 .320
    Cory Sullivan, PR0000000 .315
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Kaz Matsui, 2B4010010 .291
    Jamey Carroll, PR-2B0000000 .218
Matt Holliday, LF4000012 .331
Todd Helton, 1B4110010 .309
Garrett Atkins, 3B4021000 .285
Brad Hawpe, RF3000121 .286
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000011 .292
Yorvit Torrealba, C2000001 .254
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-CF1000010 .291
Jeff Francis, P2000000 .179
   b- Ian Stewart, PH1000010 .219
    Chris Iannetta, C0000000 .211
Totals3215118  
a-struck out for Torrealba in the 8th
b-struck out for Francis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (34, Maddux)
RBI - Garrett Atkins (97)
SB - Willy Taveras (33, 2nd base off Bell/Bard)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brad Hawpe 1
DP - Atkins-Matsui-Helton, Tulowitzki-Matsui-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (L,15-7) 8422230 4.05
Jorge Julio 0.2211110 5.26
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1000000 3.40
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 112-67, Jorge Julio 20-10, Jeremy Affeldt 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 13-6, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 28, Jorge Julio 4, Jeremy Affeldt 1
Game Information
Attendance - 30429
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Adam Dowdy