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CINCINNATI -- Greg Maddux has never gone so long without a win.
The 350-game winner had another teasing day on the mound Wednesday, watching his lead vanish one pitch after he left the game. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer that put Cincinnati ahead, and Adam Dunn added a grand slam that let the Reds pull away to a 9-5 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Again, nothing to show for Maddux.
"I appreciate the fact that I'm still playing," the 42-year-old pitcher said. "I appreciate the fact that I still play good enough to win. I haven't won, but I feel like I've been playing (good). And I do appreciate that."
He hasn't won since May 10, going 14 starts without a victory. He was thwarted again Wednesday with an assist by the Padres' defense and bullpen.
Maddux left the game with a 3-2 lead in the sixth after giving up an unearned run set up by a fielding error. Encarnacion hit the first pitch by Cla Meredith (0-3) for a two-run homer to put the Reds ahead, dooming Maddux to another empty outing. He's 0-5 with nine no-decisions and a 4.54 ERA since his last victory.
While Maddux took it with equanimity, those around him regretted that they weren't more helpful.
"I don't know how many synonyms there are for frustrating," manager Bud Black said. "I'm sure there's a few. But he's pitched great. He plays the game. It's just unfortunate that we dropped the ball that leads to three runs."
Bronson Arroyo (9-7) won his fifth consecutive start by holding the Padres to three runs in seven innings. It's the longest consecutive-win streak by a Cincinnati pitcher since Steve Parris won seven in a row in 2000.
San Diego loaded the bases off Todd Coffey in the ninth. Struggling closer Francisco Cordero came on and walked Jody Gerut to force in a run with two outs, then retired pinch-hitter Scott Hairston on a fly ball to the edge of the warning track in left field for his 21st save in 27 chances.
The Reds hit three homers in all, including Dunn's eighth career grand slam in the seventh inning off left-hander Joe Thatcher that made it 9-3.
The Padres lost two of three in the series and traded left-hander Randy Wolf to Houston on Tuesday, underscoring their hopeless situation. San Diego has lost eight of nine.
The final game of the series featured a high-profile matchup: Maddux, who has 350 career wins and four Cy Young awards, against Ken Griffey Jr., who has 606 homers and All-Century honors. Maddux held Griffey to a harmless single in three at-bats.
Javier Valentin was another matter. Valentin had a single and a solo homer, leaving him 11-for-28 in his career with five homers off Maddux.
"I don't know, maybe it's magic," Valentin said. "I just let him pitch. We've got a lot of young guys who like to swing the bat. They're free swingers, but with a pitcher like that, you've got to let him pitch. I know sooner or later, I'm going to get a pitch to hit, and you can't miss it."
Still, the right-hander was on track to get his breakthrough win until the defense let him down. Maddux caught Brandon Phillips straying too far off second base with one out in the sixth, but shortstop Khalil Greene dropped the ball during a rundown, allowing Phillips to take third.
When Dunn followed with a run-scoring single, Maddux was finished and the Reds were delighted.
"He was pitching masterfully," manager Dusty Baker said. "That was the Maddux I know -- low pitch count, nothing but squibbers, and nothing up."
One pitch after Maddux left, his chance for a win was gone, too. Encarnacion's homer off Meredith was his sixth in the last 11 games.
Gerut opened the game with a homer off Arroyo, and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run shot for a 3-1 lead in the sixth. Kouzmanoff is 6-for-9 career off Arroyo.
|Adam Dunn connects in the seventh inning for his eighth career grand slam, the Reds' first of 2008. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Jody Gerut, CF||4||1||2||2||1||0||2||.278|
|Luis Rodriguez, 2B||3||2||1||0||1||0||1||.174|
|a- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.263|
|Brian Giles, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.301|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.276|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.277|
|Chase Headley, LF||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||.248|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.215|
|Nick Hundley, C||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.216|
|Greg Maddux, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.091|
|Cla Meredith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brian Myrow, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Joe Thatcher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wil Ledezma, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Edgar Gonzalez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.326|
|a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Meredith in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Ledezma in the 9th|
|HR - Jody Gerut (6, Arroyo), Kevin Kouzmanoff (13, Arroyo)|
|RBI - Jody Gerut 2 (22), Brian Giles (35), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (48)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jody Gerut (8), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (20)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Khalil Greene (8, Missed catch of throw)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Cla Meredith (L,0-3)||0.2||1||1||1||0||0||1||4.13|
|IBB - B. Phillips by Joe Thatcher|
|WP - Greg Maddux (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 75-50, Cla Meredith 4-3, Joe Thatcher 28-16, Wil Ledezma 10-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 8-4, Cla Meredith 1-1, Wil Ledezma 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 23, Cla Meredith 3, Joe Thatcher 8, Wil Ledezma 4|
|Jay Bruce, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.273|
|Jeff Keppinger, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.287|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.243|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||3||2||1||0||1||1||1||.275|
|Adam Dunn, LF||4||2||2||5||0||1||0||.237|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.266|
|Javier Valentin, C||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.263|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.272|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.189|
|David Ross, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|2B - Ken Griffey Jr. (20, Thatcher)|
|HR - Adam Dunn (29, Thatcher), Edwin Encarnacion (19, Meredith), Javier Valentin (1, Maddux)|
|RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (49), Adam Dunn 5 (68), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (41), Javier Valentin (11)|
|SB - Brandon Phillips (21, 2nd base off Maddux/Hundley)|
|CS - Brandon Phillips (5, 3rd base by Maddux/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Votto-Keppinger-Affeldt|
|PB - David Ross (5)|
|E - Ken Griffey Jr. (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Bronson Arroyo (W,9-7)||7||6||3||3||0||7||2||5.60|
|Francisco Cordero (S,21)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 102-70, Jeremy Affeldt 16-8, Todd Coffey 21-15, Francisco Cordero 8-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 8-6, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Todd Coffey 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 27, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Todd Coffey 5, Francisco Cordero 2|
|Attendance - 22970|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Bill Welke|