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CLEVELAND -- C.C. Sabathia focused on facing San Diego's batting order, but couldn't help keeping an eye on his mound opponent, too.
"I was more worried about facing Adrian Gonzalez than Maddux," said Sabathia, who held San Diego's slugging first baseman to an 0-for-3 with two strikeouts while beating the Padres' venerable veteran, too.
"I looked at Maddux's numbers in the paper the other day and they're unbelievable," Sabathia continued. "He still gets outs and he works at his game. Somebody told me he spent four hours in the video room to get prepared to face us."
It wasn't enough.
Ben Francisco hit a three-run homer off the right-hander and Grady Sizemore a solo shot against reliever Cla Meredith, his ninth homer in 16 games, as Cleveland took two of three in the interleague series.
"I've been telling people that nobody here is going to hit .220 all year," said Sabathia, who had received only 11 runs in his previous six starts. "These guys are going to bust out. Early in the season, it was my fault, I had like a 15 ERA after four games. I owe what I'm doing of late to everybody else here."
Coming off a five-hitter against Minnesota on Tuesday, Sabathia (5-8) struck out 10 and yielded three runs and six hits over eight innings. His 14th game of double-digit strikeouts helped him pass Charles Nagy for fifth place in Indians history with 1,239.
Maddux (3-5) fell to 0-2 in seven starts since May 10, when he became the ninth pitcher to win 350 games. The 42-year-old didn't issue a walk for the seventh time in 15 starts this season, but wasn't as sharp as usual. The four-time NL Cy Young winner hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, and even made an uncharacteristic error that led to three unearned runs.
Cleveland went ahead 3-0 in the third after Maddux fielded Franklin Gutierrez's slow roller and threw wildly to first for an error -- only the 52nd by the 17-time Gold Glove winner since he came to the majors in 1986.
"I shouldn't have (made the throw)," Maddux said, adding that Sabathia is "too good to give him extra outs.
"I like watching him pitch. He's got incredible stuff."
Padres manager Bud Black was shocked at the miscue, but not Maddux's overall performance.
"He's such a flawless defender," Black said. "That's rare.
"I thought he threw fine. He kept us in the game, gave us a chance to win."
Two outs later, Maddux hit Jamey Carroll with a pitch. Francisco then lined the first pitch he saw just over the wall in left for his fourth homer.
"The home run didn't bother me," Maddux said. "I got the ball up and he hit it, but you can't just give them opportunities to score. You have to make them earn it."
Sabathia yielded a leadoff double to former teammate Jody Gerut to start the game, then struck out the next five.
The left-hander had one bad inning, the fourth, when the Padres tied it at 3-3. Sabathia yielded four singles in the inning, including RBI hits by Justin Huber and Khalil Greene. Michael Barrett added a tying sacrifice fly.
"C.C. didn't like giving up those runs, but didn't let it faze him," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He's really worked hard to get into a zone and block everything else out."
In the bottom half, Shin-Soo Choo doubled, moved up on a grounder back to Maddux and scored on another slow roller by Casey Blake for a 4-3 lead.
Gutierrez's RBI single in the sixth made it 5-3.
Sizemore connected for his 17th homer and Jhonny Peralta added an RBI single to make it 7-3 in the seventh.
Maddux yielded two earned runs and eight hits over six innings, striking out two. He has two errors this year, only the third time since 2001 he has had that many.
|C.C. Sabathia yields three runs on six hits and a walk over eight innings, while fanning 10. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Diego Padres|
|Jody Gerut, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.288|
|Edgar Gonzalez, 2B-RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.315|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.263|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.293|
|Tony Clark, DH||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.246|
|Justin Huber, LF||4||1||1||1||0||3||1||.246|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.226|
|Michael Barrett, C||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||.190|
|Paul McAnulty, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|Craig Stansberry, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.400|
|2B - Jody Gerut (4, Sabathia), Justin Huber (3, Sabathia)|
|SF - Michael Barrett (2)|
|RBI - Justin Huber (8), Khalil Greene (27), Michael Barrett (6)|
|SB - Jody Gerut (5, 3rd base off Sabathia/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Edgar Gonzalez 1|
|DP - Ed. Gonzalez-Gonzalez|
|E - Greg Maddux (2, Throwing)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Greg Maddux (L,3-5)||6||8||5||2||0||2||1||3.31|
|IBB - Choo by Cla Meredith|
|HBP - Carroll (by Greg Maddux)|
|WP - Greg Maddux (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 104-72, Cla Meredith 30-18, Mike Adams 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 7-9|
|Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 27, Cla Meredith 6, Mike Adams 4|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.266|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||.287|
|Ben Francisco, LF||4||1||2||3||0||0||1||.313|
|Ryan Garko, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.259|
|Shin-Soo Choo, DH||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.317|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.226|
|Casey Blake, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.254|
|Franklin Gutierrez, RF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.253|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.234|
|2B - Jamey Carroll (5, Maddux), Shin-Soo Choo (6, Maddux), Jhonny Peralta (11, Meredith), Franklin Gutierrez (10, Maddux)|
|HR - Grady Sizemore (17, Meredith), Ben Francisco (4, Maddux)|
|RBI - Grady Sizemore (40), Ben Francisco 3 (24), Jhonny Peralta (26), Casey Blake (40), Franklin Gutierrez (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ben Francisco 3 (8), Jhonny Peralta (8), Franklin Gutierrez (11)|
|SB - Jamey Carroll (6, 2nd base off Meredith/Barrett), Franklin Gutierrez (4, 2nd base off Maddux/Barrett)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Garko|
|C.C. Sabathia (W,5-8)||8||6||3||3||1||10||0||4.26|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 112-72, Masahide Kobayashi 14-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 3-10|
|Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 30, Masahide Kobayashi 4|
|Attendance - 33017|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Rob Drake|