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Wells outpitches, outhits Maddux; Dodgers take series from Padres

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LOS ANGELES -- David Wells got just what he wanted -- a shot at the San Diego Padres.

He made the most of it.

Wells burned his former team by beating Greg Maddux in a matchup of 40-something pitchers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Diego 6-3 on Thursday night to move within 1½ games of the Padres in the NL wild-card race.

Released by the Padres last month, Wells (8-8) allowed four hits and three runs in six innings with one walk and three strikeouts. He also had two hits off Maddux for the first multihit game of his 21-year career.

"They gave up on me; I didn't give up on myself," said the portly 44-year-old left-hander, who went 0-3 with a 14.33 ERA in his last four starts for the Padres before being designated for assignment Aug. 9, and released four days later.

"I threw poorly. I can't blame them," Wells said. "It's nice to go out there against them and pitch solid. I know what I'm doing out there; it's just a matter of going out there and doing it.

"I've never doubted my ability to pitch. I'll take the ball any given day -- I enjoy it. I love the game."

Wells was 5-8 with a 5.54 ERA for the Padres. He's 3-0 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts since joining the Dodgers on Aug. 24.

The Dodgers won the final two games of their three-game series against the Padres thanks mainly to the excellent pitching of Wells and Chad Billingsley and James Loney's timely hitting.

Philadelphia also trails San Diego by 1½ games, and Colorado is 2½ back. The second-place Padres trail NL West-leading Arizona by four games and Los Angeles is 5½ behind. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Padres had only two baserunners in the first five innings against Wells, who earned his 238th career victory. He tired in the sixth, but the Dodgers had the game well in hand.

"Boomer has a lot of self-confidence," Maddux said. "There's nothing he can't do if he puts his mind to it. He's the kind of pitcher who can step it up a notch when he has to."

Scott Proctor, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito each pitched a perfect inning, with Saito striking out two in the ninth for his 38th save in 41 chances.

The last player older than Wells to have his first career multihit game was Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige, who was 45 when he did it in 1952, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I'll keep a little clipping. I'll clip it out," Wells said with a smile, referring to the box score.

Maddux (12-10) entered having allowed three runs or fewer in 11 consecutive starts, but that streak ended decisively as the Dodgers scored six runs on 10 hits in Maddux's 3 1/3 innings -- his shortest stint of the season.

The 41-year-old right-hander, a winner of 345 games -- ninth on baseball's career list -- did extend his streak of not walking a batter to nine starts and 57 2/3 innings. The loss snapped a personal five-game winning streak.

"They hit a few balls pretty good and a few balls that found some holes," Maddux said. "When you combine it, it looks bad. But you kind of let it go and tip your hat. They were better tonight."

Loney tore up the Padres in the series, going 9-for-13 with eight RBI, raising his batting average to .329. The 23-year-old rookie has five of his 11 home runs and 12 of his 52 RBI in his past seven games. He has played in 80 games this season.

"I'm having fun right now," he said. "I don't put too much pressure on myself. They put me in there to produce."

Said Maddux: "I knew he was good; I played with him last year. He's not sneaking up on anybody."

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Loney's one-out RBI double. Jeff Kent followed with an infield hit that glanced off Maddux to put runners at first and third, but Maddux speared Luis Gonzalez's hot shot up the middle and started an inning-ending double play.

The Dodgers made it 4-0 in the fourth, scoring on a two-run single by Loney and an RBI single by Gonzalez before Kent tried to score from third on Russell Martin's fly to center and was thrown out by Mike Cameron for another inning-ending double play.

Maddux was relieved by Kevin Cameron after Wells' second hit of the game, which put runners at the corners with one out in the fourth. Rafael Furcal's squeeze bunt made it 5-0, and Loney hit a run-scoring single later in the inning.

Josh Bard singled to start the San Diego sixth and pinch-hitter Morgan Ensberg followed with his 12th home run. Mike Cameron hit his 20th home run two outs later to complete the scoring.

Notes

  • Furcal scored three runs and had three stolen bases.
  • San Diego's Kevin Kouzmanoff reached base safely in his 10th consecutive at-bat with a second-inning single before grounding to third in the fifth. He had eight hits and two walks during the streak, with the eight consecutive hits tying a franchise record.
  • Wells doubled in the third and singled in the fourth, giving him 22 hits in 172 lifetime at-bats (.128). He has 20 singles and two doubles.
  • Maddux and Wells matched up for only the second time -- their previous meeting was last Sept. 15, when Maddux and the Dodgers beat Wells and the Padres 3-1.
 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
San Diego

M. Ensberg
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4000000 .285
Marcus Giles, 2B4000010 .230
Mike Cameron, CF4111010 .246
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000000 .273
Khalil Greene, SS3000010 .255
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3010010 .263
Scott Hairston, LF2000110 .235
Josh Bard, C3110002 .265
Greg Maddux, P1000010 .140
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
    Jack Cassel, P0000000 .000
   a- Morgan Ensberg, PH1112000 .235
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   b- Geoff Blum, PH1000000 .250
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .500
Totals3034316  
a-homered for Cassel in the 6th
b-flied out for Thatcher in the 8th
Batting
HR - Mike Cameron (20, Wells), Morgan Ensberg (12, Wells)
RBI - Mike Cameron (75), Morgan Ensberg 2 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Cameron (32)
PK - Scott Hairston (1, Wells)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Cameron 1
DP - Maddux-Greene-Gonzalez, Cameron-Bard, Giles-Greene-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Greg Maddux (L,12-10) 3.11066010 3.91
Kevin Cameron 0.2100200 2.33
Jack Cassel 1000100 4.66
Joe Thatcher 2000010 0.79
Doug Brocail 1000000 3.34
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 55-40, Kevin Cameron 18-6, Jack Cassel 7-3, Joe Thatcher 26-18, Doug Brocail 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 5-2, Kevin Cameron 2-0, Jack Cassel 1-1, Joe Thatcher 5-0
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 18, Kevin Cameron 5, Jack Cassel 3, Joe Thatcher 6, Doug Brocail 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3311000 .271
Juan Pierre, CF2110100 .293
James Loney, 1B4134010 .329
Jeff Kent, 2B3020100 .299
Luis Gonzalez, LF4011004 .278
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Russell Martin, C3000102 .295
Matt Kemp, RF4110011 .333
Tony Abreu, 3B4000001 .269
David Wells, P2020000 .149
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000000 .183
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Andre Ethier, LF0000000 .287
Totals30611632  
a-grounded out for Wells in the 6th
Batting
2B - James Loney (17, Maddux), David Wells (1, Maddux)
SH - Rafael Furcal (3), Juan Pierre (18)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (46), James Loney 4 (52), Luis Gonzalez (61)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (12)
SB - Rafael Furcal 3 (21, 2nd base off Maddux/Bard, 2nd base off K. Cameron/Bard, 3rd base off K. Cameron/Bard), Juan Pierre (57, 2nd base off Maddux/Bard)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
David Wells (W,8-8) 6433132 5.27
Scott Proctor (H,15) 1000010 3.65
Jonathan Broxton (H,30) 1000000 2.37
Takashi Saito (S,38) 1000020 1.24
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 71-45, Scott Proctor 14-10, Jonathan Broxton 10-5, Takashi Saito 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 4-10, Jonathan Broxton 1-2, Takashi Saito 1-0
Batters Faced - David Wells 22, Scott Proctor 3, Jonathan Broxton 3, Takashi Saito 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44496
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Mark Carlson