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Dodgers' Maddux ties Clemens on all-time wins list

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LOS ANGELES -- Greg Maddux regrets not having spent more time talking shop with Roger Clemens at the five All-Star Games when they were in opposing dugouts.

Maddux tied Clemens for eighth place on the career list with his 354th victory on Monday night, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

"I didn't talk about pitching as much as I would have liked to, I know that, but I've always respected what he's done," Maddux said. "He did it in the American League, and that's a lot tougher over there. I think everybody knows that. But I've always considered him the best in the game because of the way he threw a baseball, how he set up hitters and how he competed."

Maddux (7-11) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and walked none. It was the four-time Cy Young winner's third start with the Dodgers since the Padres traded him back to Los Angeles on Aug. 19, after Brad Penny went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

Maddux, an eight-time All-Star, has made 736 starts compared to 707 by Clemens -- a seven-time Cy Young winner and 11-time All-Star -- and his 225 losses are 41 more than the Rocket had during his 24-year career.

"I know when interleague first started, I made sure I watched his games," said Maddux, who has spent his entire career in the NL. "I think we pitch a lot alike. He just did it a lot faster and at higher speeds. For the most part, we do a lot of things the same. He just did it at 95 (mph), while I've been doing it at 85."

The 42-year-old Maddux has 109 complete games, 35 shutouts, 3,361 strikeouts and a 3.15 career ERA over 23 seasons. Clemens had a 3.12 lifetime ERA with 118 complete games, 46 shutouts and 4,672 strikeouts, which is third on the all-time list.

"Roger obviously was blessed with more explosive stuff," said Joe Torre, the only man to manage both Maddux and Clemens. "When I came up as a 20-year-old kid with the Braves and Warren Spahn was in his 40s, he told me: 'Hitting is timing, and a pitcher's job is to upset that timing.' And that's what Greg's all about. He just seems to never beat himself.

"Watching him pitch, I've admired what he's done," Torre added. "He has never been overpowering, but he's always managed to keep the game at a manageable speed for himself. And when other guys maybe rear back and throw harder, he goes the other way. He tries to do it with finesse and feel, really plays on the hitter's emotion."

Maddux was 6-9 with a 3.99 ERA in 26 starts for San Diego this season, including a stretch of 14 starts in which he was 0-5 with a 4.48 ERA.

"I think more than anything, it was probably run support. He was pitching on the wrong nights," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We just didn't score a lot of runs when he was out there, but he pitched well enough to win the majority of those games for us. I think I can echo what every other manager who's had him has probably said about him: He was great when he was here."

In his first two starts after returning to the Dodgers, Maddux gave up nine runs and 17 hits in road losses to Philadelphia and Washington.

Hong-Chih Kuo pitched two perfect innings, striking out three, and Jonathan Broxton got three outs for his 11th save.

Chris Young (4-5) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings after being activated from the disabled list. The right-hander hadn't pitched since Aug. 10 at Colorado, when he left after four innings with a strain in his forearm.

"It was really nice to be back out there. I missed it," Young said. "Even though we didn't win, it was still fun going out there and competing. I was a little bit rusty."

The Dodgers, who trail Arizona by 2½ games in the NL West, took a 3-1 lead in the second on a bloop RBI double by Angel Berroa and a run-scoring single by Maddux -- his 84th career RBI and third this season.

Casey Blake made it 4-1 in the third with his 18th home run and seventh since coming to the Dodgers in a trade with Cleveland on July 26. Manny Ramirez added a sacrifice fly in the seventh for his 26th RBI in 30 games with Los Angeles.

San Diego second baseman Matt Antonelli, recalled from Triple-A Portland on Monday, started and went 1-for-4 in his major league debut with a single in his first plate appearance.

Notes

  • Maddux, only 15 2/3 innings shy of 5,000, is one of five pitchers with more than 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks (997). The others are Ferguson Jenkins, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Curt Schilling.
  • LHP Wade LeBlanc will make his big league debut Wednesday night, becoming the 13th Padre to do so -- three fewer than the club record set in 2002, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Padres CF Jody Gerut missed his fourth consecutive game. He took swings in the cage for the first time since last Wednesday, when he sprained the middle finger on his left hand while stealing a base and finished the game.
 
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Greg Maddux continues moving up the all-time wins list after collecting No. 354.  (AP)
Greg Maddux continues moving up the all-time wins list after collecting No. 354. (AP)

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R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
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C. Headley
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R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4110001 .302
Luis Rodriguez, SS4010010 .276
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4011010 .272
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4110022 .280
Chase Headley, LF4011012 .258
Will Venable, CF3000122 .267
Nick Hundley, C4010002 .225
Matt Antonelli, 2B4010001 .250
Chris Young, P1000010 .048
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000010 .278
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Justin Hampson, P0000000 .000
Totals3327219  
a-struck out for Meredith in the 7th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (24, Maddux), Chase Headley (12, Maddux)
SH - Chris Young (3)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (68), Chase Headley (29)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hundley-Rodriguez-Antonelli
E - Nick Hundley (3, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
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Cla Meredith 1000000 3.86
Clay Hensley 1311000 4.61
Justin Hampson 1000100 3.80
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 80-50, Cla Meredith 10-8, Clay Hensley 21-14, Justin Hampson 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-9, Cla Meredith 3-0, Clay Hensley 1-2, Justin Hampson 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 24, Cla Meredith 3, Clay Hensley 6, Justin Hampson 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Russell Martin, C4110011 .283
Andre Ethier, RF2110200 .278
Manny Ramirez, LF2011111 .326
James Loney, 1B4021004 .305
Matt Kemp, CF4000013 .289
Casey Blake, 3B4221003 .286
Blake DeWitt, 2B3000101 .256
Angel Berroa, SS4111001 .226
Greg Maddux, P2011000 .125
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000000 .136
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .250
   b- Nomar Garciaparra, PH1000000 .234
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals3159543  
a-grounded out for Wade in the 6th
b-popped out for Kuo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Angel Berroa (8, C. Young)
HR - Casey Blake (18, C. Young)
SF - Manny Ramirez (2)
RBI - Manny Ramirez (94), James Loney (74), Casey Blake (76), Angel Berroa (8), Greg Maddux (3)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (24)
SB - Andre Ethier (6, 3rd base off C. Young/Hundley), Matt Kemp (32, 2nd base off Hensley/Hundley), Casey Blake (3, 2nd base off C. Young/Hundley)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Dodgers
Greg Maddux (W,7-11) 5.2622040 4.18
Joe Beimel0000100 2.31
Cory Wade (H,3) 0.1000000 2.62
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,12) 2000030 2.07
Jonathan Broxton (S,11) 1100020 3.53
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 77-56, Joe Beimel 7-3, Cory Wade 4-2, Hong-Chih Kuo 28-18, Jonathan Broxton 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 6-7, Hong-Chih Kuo 2-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 23, Joe Beimel 1, Cory Wade 1, Hong-Chih Kuo 6, Jonathan Broxton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44087
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Paul Emmel