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Maddux wins 334th as Padres top Giants

Apr 12, 2007 - 6:09 AM SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- The winningest active pitcher and another spotless bullpen effort were too much for the San Francisco Giants.

Maddux pitched six outstanding innings for his 334th career victory and the relief corps remained perfect as the San Diego Padres took the rubber game of a three-game series with a 4-0 victory over the Giants.

Marcus Giles had two hits, a run and RBI for San Diego, which posted its third shutout this season.

"It's awesome," Marcus Giles said of playing behind Maddux. "Especially being in the middle infield where you know you're going to get a lot of ground balls. It makes you feel like you're a pretty good defensive player. He pitches fast, he throws strikes, and guys are on their toes."

Maddux (1-1) was pinpoint perfect, yielding just six hits and no walks in six frames. He struck out six and threw 55 of 75 pitches for strikes to improve to 27-14 lifetime against the Giants.

"I located (the fastball) better tonight, and it's easier to be aggressive when you're ahead in the count," Maddux said. "You can pitch your game when you know (the Padres relievers) are coming in behind you."

The four-time Cy Young Award winner made up for a poor first start, when he surrendered four runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday against Colorado.

"I thought Greg threw the ball very well," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He used his fastball tonight on both sides of the plate. He really had them off-balance. He was ahead in the count pretty much all night."

After the 40-year-old departed, Cla Meredith worked the seventh and Scott Linebrink the final two frames as the Padres' bullpen extended its scoreless innings streak to 28 1/3, a franchise record to start the season and just 3 2/3 frames behind the all-time franchise mark.

"It's one of those things where it just is what it is," Meredith said of the scoreless streak. "The boys are down there ready to take the ball, no matter which one of us it is. The big thing is, when you're sitting down there, the guys next to you on either side of you have the confidence to go in there and take care of the ball."

"That's a great bullpen, and we know it," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who had many of the same relievers on his staff during his tenure as Padres manager. "That's their strength, pitching great, and they did this whole series. It's a solid 'pen. Nobody knows it better than I do. That's why, in the last three years, they've had tremendous success."

During the completed 4-2 homestand against Colorado and San Francisco, opponents hit just .182 with runners in scoring position.

"I'm running out of adjectives for these guys," Black said of the pitching staff. "I've got to get in the dictionary and start looking up some other words to describe these guys. It's been awesome."

Maddux got all the support he needed in the third inning, when Giles singled home a run against Noah Lowry (0-2), advanced to second on a throw and scored on an infield single by Mike Cameron and a throwing error by third baseman Rich Aurilia.

"It was great to get on the board early," Black said. "It settled Greg down a little bit and we just kept pecking away. It was good, obviously, to break through early in the game."

Josh Bard added an RBI single in the sixth and Brian Giles singled home a run in the seventh. Bard left the game prior to the eighth with a groin strain and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Lowry was tagged for four runs and five hits in six innings.

"I thought Lowry threw the ball well," Black said. "He pitched well enough to win. We did make the mistake there defensively, but it was a solid outing for him."

Barry Bonds flied out to the wall in right field in the sixth and finished 0-for-4 for the Giants, who were shut out for the third time.

"We had some opportunities," Bochy said. "I thought we had some good at-bats, but we just couldn't get the big hit there."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
    SAN DIEGO 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 x 4 7 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SFO - NOAH LOWRY, VINNIE CHULK (7TH), BRAD HENNESSEY (8TH) AND
    BENGIE MOLINA
    SDG - GREG MADDUX, CLA MEREDITH (7TH), SCOTT LINEBRINK
    (8TH), DOUG BROCAIL (9TH) AND J

    Apr 12 12:27 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN GILES SCORED PAUL MCANULTY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B GILES ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    SAN DIEGO 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: M CAMERON (.194, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Apr 11 11:56 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN DIEGO - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: V Chulk relieved N Lowry.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, P MCANULTY ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    SAN DIEGO 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: M Giles (.333, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 11 11:54 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN DIEGO - PITCHING CHANGE
    SFO: VINNIE CHULK (0-0, 2.70) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, P MCANULTY ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0, SAN DIEGO 3
    DUE UP FOR SANDIEGO: M GILES (.333, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 11 11:54 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN DIEGO - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: P McAnulty hit for C Meredith.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    SAN DIEGO 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: P McAnulty (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 11 11:51 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
    SAN DIEGO 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 4 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SFO - NOAH LOWRY
    SDG - CLA MEREDITH

    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: C MEREDITH (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    M GILES (.333, 2-FOR-3, RBI)
    B GILES (.257, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 11 11:49 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH BARD SCORED MIKE CAMERON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BARD ON SECOND, A GONZALEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    SAN DIEGO 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: K GREENE (.257, 0-FOR-2)

    Giants vs. PadresApr 11 11:41 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
    SAN DIEGO 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SFO - NOAH LOWRY
    SDG - GREG MADDUX

    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: T LINDEN (.375, 0-FOR-1)
    N LOWRY (.000, 0-FOR-1)
    D ROBERTS (.200, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 11 11:11 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY RICH AURILIA ALLOWED MARCUS GILES TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M CAMERON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    SAN DIEGO 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: A GONZALEZ (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Giants vs. PadresApr 11 10:58 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCUS GILES SCORED JOSE CRUZ JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M GILES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    SAN DIEGO 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: B GILES (.273, 0-FOR-1)

    Giants vs. PadresApr 11 10:54 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 2 0
    SAN DIEGO 0 0 1 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SFO - NOAH LOWRY
    SDG - GREG MADDUX

    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: J BARD (.280, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    K GREENE (.273, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
    G BLUM (.000, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Apr 11 10:30 PM