|L.A. Dodgers (84-77) «||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||10||0|
|San Francisco (71-90)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||0|
SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Maddux, with 355 wins to his name, might not even make the Dodgers' playoff roster. Or he could come out of the bullpen.
"Whatever," the modest Mad Dog said. "Bullpen's better than no pitch. Bullpen's better than going home. ... Absolutely, I still want to pitch. I still feel like I can pitch."
Blake DeWitt hit a solo homer and singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Maddux earned his 355th career victory and Los Angeles beat the rival San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Saturday night.
Maddux (8-13) allowed two hits and one run in six efficient innings, throwing 47 pitches and 38 of those for strikes -- tossing three six-pitch innings for the NL West champions.
"He's remarkable," Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "I've watched and admired him from across the field. Tonight was, you could say, vintage."
Torre went into this one hoping to get the 42-year-old Maddux a win -- and DeWitt came through. The win moved Maddux past Roger Clemens into sole possession of eighth place on the career list. Maddux won for only the second time in his last eight starts.
As far as surpassing Clemens, Maddux hadn't thought much of it.
"In all honesty, I have felt this game has given me more than I ever thought it would in the first place," he said. "I just wanted to have a good game. I haven't had many since I got here."
Maddux faced San Francisco for the second straight outing, having allowed seven runs on nine hits in five innings of a 7-1 loss Sept. 19 at Dodger Stadium. A four-time Cy Young Award winner, Maddux improved to 4-8 in 16 road starts this year.
Randy Winn tied the game in the fourth with a solo shot and his first career homer off Maddux. Winn was Maddux's lone baserunner until Omar Vizquel singled to start the sixth.
Both dugouts emptied after Casey Blake struck out against San Francisco's Billy Sadler to end the eighth. Blake and Matt Kemp, aboard on a two-out triple, jawed at Sadler as the reliever walked off the field, prompting Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti to run out.
Sadler had agitated the Dodgers in a previous game with a fist pump and yell. Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn't like it.
"It's one thing getting excited but you're not here to show anybody up. I don't think he realizes what he's doing," Bochy said. "He's caught up in the moment. They took exception to it. It's something we have talked to him about."
Sadler still defended his behavior.
"It has nothing to do with disrespecting the hitter," he said. "I'm excited because I did my job. There's nothing wrong with showing emotion like that."
Los Angeles slugger Manny Ramirez played 4½ innings before taking a seat and is expected to rest Sunday's series finale. Jeff Kent, coming off arthroscopic left knee surgery Sept. 2, also came out when Ramirez did.
Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers' Game 2 playoff starter, pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Takashi Saito worked the ninth for his 18th save in 21 opportunities.
Matt Cain (8-14) wound up winless in his final eight starts, going 0-5 during that span. He didn't win again after a 5-1 victory at Atlanta on Sept. 15. Cain was a 13-game winner in his rookie season of 2006 but has won only 15 games in the last two seasons.
Giants All-Star Tim Lincecum (17-5, 2.66 ERA) will make his final start of the year Sunday, still hoping to win the NL Cy Young Award.
San Francisco signed first baseman J.T. Snow to a one-day contract so he could retire as a Giant, even though he actually retired in December 2006 after spending part of that year with the Boston Red Sox. Snow played nine seasons with the Giants from 1997-2005.
General manager Brian Sabean wasn't there to see the six-time Gold Glover honored. He and wife, Amanda, welcomed a son earlier in the day.
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.357|
|Chad Billingsley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.095|
|a- Juan Pierre, PH-LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Blake DeWitt, 2B||4||1||3||2||1||1||0||.266|
|Chin-lung Hu, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.181|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.332|
|Pablo Ozuna, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.253|
|b- James Loney, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.291|
|Jeff Kent, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.280|
|Nomar Garciaparra, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||0||4||.264|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andre Ethier, RF||2||0||1||0||1||0||2||.302|
|Jason Repko, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.279|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.292|
|Casey Blake, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.275|
|Greg Maddux, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.109|
|c- Angel Berroa, PH-SS^2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.233|
|a-doubled for Billingsley in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Ozuna in the 9th|
|c-fouled out-bunting for Maddux in the 7th|
|2B - Juan Pierre (10, Yabu), Andre Ethier (37, Cain)|
|3B - Matt Kemp (5, Sadler)|
|HR - Blake DeWitt (9, Cain)|
|RBI - Blake DeWitt 2 (52)|
|2-OUT RBI - Blake DeWitt (27)|
|CS - Rafael Furcal (3, 2nd base by Cain/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Greg Maddux (W,8-13)||6||2||1||1||0||2||1||4.22|
|Chad Billingsley (H,1)||2||2||0||0||0||2||0||3.14|
|Takashi Saito (S,18)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.49|
|Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 47-38, Chad Billingsley 23-16, Takashi Saito 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 10-5, Takashi Saito 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 19, Chad Billingsley 6, Takashi Saito 3|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Randy Winn, LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.305|
|Eugenio Velez, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.258|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.310|
|Bengie Molina, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.292|
|J.T. Snow, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.272|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.273|
|Rich Aurilia, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.285|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Matt Cain, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.113|
|Billy Sadler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Keiichi Yabu, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alex Hinshaw, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Pablo Sandoval, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.340|
|a-struck out for T. Walker in the 9th|
|HR - Randy Winn (10, Maddux)|
|RBI - Randy Winn (63)|
|CS - Nate Schierholtz (1, 2nd base by Billingsley/Martin), Omar Vizquel (4, 2nd base by Maddux/Martin)|
|DP - Cain-Vizquel-Ishikawa|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Matt Cain (L,8-14)||7||8||2||2||4||6||1||3.76|
|IBB - Blake by Matt Cain, DeWitt by Keiichi Yabu|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 112-69, Billy Sadler 18-12, Keiichi Yabu 13-5, Alex Hinshaw 4-3, Tyler Walker 2-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 3-10, Billy Sadler 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Cain 31, Billy Sadler 4, Keiichi Yabu 3, Alex Hinshaw 1, Tyler Walker 1|
|Attendance - 38673|
|Game Time - 2:25|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Shawn Rakos, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Bill Welke|