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Pads' Maddux tops D-Backs, ends career-high 14-start winless skid

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SAN DIEGO -- If this was Greg Maddux's last start with the San Diego Padres, he went out with his hard-earned 351st career victory and some love from the fans.

Maddux beat Micah Owings and the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 on Monday night, snapping a career-worst, 14-start winless streak and passing Hall of Famer Phil Niekro for 10th place on the all-time strikeout list.

As he walked to the dugout after being removed in the sixth inning, Mad Dog got a nice ovation from the crowd of 29,302. The 42-year-old Maddux returned the gesture by doffing his cap to the crowd.

"I was just letting them know, 'Hey, I appreciate it,' " he said.

Maddux has a no-trade clause, but there has been speculation he might accept a trade to a West Coast contender. Thursday is the last day to trade a player without securing waivers.

Maddux said he and general manager Kevin Towers spoke earlier this month about the possibility of a trade, but he wouldn't divulge specifics.

"I don't know what's going to happen. I really don't," Maddux said. "I hope I stay. You'd rather stay if you're welcome. I like it here. The losing part stinks but the baseball is still baseball. It's still fun to come to the park every day."

The last-place Padres got home runs from Khalil Greene and rookie Nick Hundley, using two two-out rallies to secure their fourth consecutive game. The NL West-leading Diamondbacks had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Trevor Hoffman came on with a runner on second base and one out in the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances and his fourth in as many games. He extended his career big league record to 546. Hoffman struck out Chad Tracy and got Mark Reynolds to pop up for the last out.

Heath Bell dodged a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before Bryan Corey allowed a run in the ninth to bring on Hoffman.

In his brilliant career, no victory was harder for Maddux to get than No. 351.

Maddux, who's in his 23rd big league season, beat Colorado 3-2 on May 10 to become the ninth big leaguer to win 350 games. He then endured the longest winless streak of his career, going 0-5 with nine no-decisions.

Maddux (4-8) allowed four runs and nine hits, including back-to-back singles that opened the sixth. He struck out four and walked none.

He also moved past Niekro to take over 10th place on the all-time strikeout list with 3,344. The right-hander struck out Mark Reynolds in the second inning to tie Niekro with 3,342, then moved past him in the third when he struck out Conor Jackson.

"Over the course of 15 starts, there's been well over 10 that he pitched well enough to win," manager Bud Black said. "But that happens in this game, and he'd be the first to tell you. But it's good to see him get a win."

Owings, meanwhile, is getting a taste of what Maddux has gone through. Owings' winless streak is now 12 games, including eight starts. He's 0-7 with a 9.21 ERA in that span. He was making his second start since June 27, having made four relief appearances after straining his gluteus muscle.

Owings (6-9) lasted only three innings, allowing eight runs and six hits.

"He just didn't have good command," manager Bob Melvin said. "We just gave up too many runs early in the game -- all with two outs."

The Padres scored three runs in the second and six in the third, all with two outs.

"It's real frustrating not to be able to get one out," Owings said. "Whatever I'm going through, it's going to make me stronger. I felt like I was on the right path but I couldn't get consistent. It seemed like they capitalized on every mistake."

That was long enough to give up Greene's two-run homer in the second inning and Hundley's three-run shot in the six-run third. It was Greene's 10th home run and Hundley's second. Also in the third, Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run single and Jody Gerut an RBI double.

Maddux allowed Chris Young's two-run homer with two outs in the third. It was Young's 14th.

Notes

  • Next up on the all-time strikeout list is Walter Johnson at No. 9, with 3,508.
  • Maddux needs three victories to tie Roger Clemens for eighth place on the all-time list with 354.
  • Maddux improved to 3-11 in his career against Arizona. The Diamondbacks are the only team Maddux doesn't have a winning record against.
  • San Diego right-hander Chris Young is scheduled to start Tuesday night, his first big league action since getting hit in the face by Albert Pujols' line drive on May 21, which broke his nose and fractured his skull.
 
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It's been a long time since win No. 350 on May 10, but Greg Maddux finally notches No. 351.  (AP)
It's been a long time since win No. 350 on May 10, but Greg Maddux finally notches No. 351. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

N. Hundley
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

C. Young
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4001003 .269
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
Chris Young, CF5232021 .239
Orlando Hudson, 2B5020002 .304
Conor Jackson, LF5011014 .322
Chad Tracy, 1B5110011 .300
Mark Reynolds, 3B4010121 .246
Miguel Montero, C4120021 .254
Alex Romero, RF4010002 .244
Micah Owings, P1110000 .288
    Yusmeiro Petit, P1000000 .000
   a- Jamie D'Antona, PH0000000 .250
   b- Tony Clark, PH1000001 .221
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
   c- Augie Ojeda, PH-SS0000100 .262
Totals39512428  
a-announced for Petit in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for D'Antona in the 6th
c-walked for Rosales in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (29, Corey), Conor Jackson (17, Corey)
HR - Chris Young (14, Maddux)
SF - Stephen Drew (4)
RBI - Stephen Drew (42), Chris Young 2 (53), Conor Jackson (56)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young 2 (20)
Team LOB - 10
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings (L,6-9) 3688222 5.93
Yusmeiro Petit 2100040 2.55
Leo Rosales 2000220 2.87
Tony Pena 1000020 3.86
HBP - Greene (by Micah Owings)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 69-39, Yusmeiro Petit 32-24, Leo Rosales 36-20, Tony Pena 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 3-4, Yusmeiro Petit 1-1, Leo Rosales 2-2
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 18, Yusmeiro Petit 7, Leo Rosales 8, Tony Pena 3
San Diego Padres
Scott Hairston, LF4000011 .255
Edgar Gonzalez, 2B4000011 .301
Brian Giles, RF3100120 .296
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3110110 .281
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4112021 .280
Jody Gerut, CF3221101 .285
Khalil Greene, SS3212011 .216
Nick Hundley, C4123020 .265
Greg Maddux, P2000001 .086
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian Myrow, PH0000100 .154
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   b- Chase Headley, PH1000000 .250
    Bryan Corey, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals31878410  
a-walked for Hensley in the 6th
b-lined out for Bell in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (21, Owings), Jody Gerut (11, Owings)
HR - Khalil Greene (10, Owings), Nick Hundley (2, Owings)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (54), Jody Gerut (23), Khalil Greene 2 (35), Nick Hundley 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (26), Jody Gerut (9), Khalil Greene 2 (10), Nick Hundley 3 (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Ed. Gonzalez-Greene-Gonzalez
PB - Nick Hundley (1)
E - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (5, Throwing), Edgar Gonzalez (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Greg Maddux (W,4-8) 5944041 4.29
Wil Ledezma 0.1100010 4.86
Clay Hensley (H,1) 0.2000000 5.06
Mike Adams 1000010 1.93
Heath Bell 1000210 3.20
Bryan Corey 0.1211000 6.49
Trevor Hoffman (S,22) 0.2000010 4.45
WP - Wil Ledezma (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 88-57, Wil Ledezma 11-7, Mike Adams 14-11, Heath Bell 31-17, Bryan Corey 13-8, Trevor Hoffman 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 5-6, Clay Hensley 1-0, Mike Adams 2-1, Heath Bell 2-1
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 24, Wil Ledezma 2, Clay Hensley 1, Mike Adams 4, Heath Bell 6, Bryan Corey 3, Trevor Hoffman 2
Game Information
Attendance - 29302
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Gary Darling