Last-minute starter Mike Maddux pitched a two-hitter over six innings and Benito Santiago went 3 for 5 with three RBI to pace an 18-hit attack Saturday night that carried the San Diego Padres to an 11-0 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Maddux, 3-1, made his first start of the season when scheduled starter Adam Peterson experienced stiffness in his right shoulder during warmups. Maddux, who had made 25 relief appearances, retired the first nine batters before Orlando Merced singled to lead off the fourth.It was Maddux's first win as a starter since April 29, 1989, when he pitched for Philadelphia. He walked none and struck out one before being replaced at the start of the seventh by John Costello. Costello pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings and Rich Rodriguez inherited a two-on situation in the ninth but got out of the jam to preserve the shutout.
The victory was the seventh in nine games for the Padres, who have won a major league high 18 road games. The loss was just the Pirates third in their last 14 games.
The Padres broke on top 3-0 in the first inning against Randy Tomlin, 3-2. Thomas Howard walked, Tony Gwynn singled, and they advanced on a groundout. Tim Teufel walked, and Santiago doubled down the left-field line, scoring Howard and Gwynn. Scott Coolbaugh's bunt single drove in Tuefel.
Gwynn, the National League's leading hitter, went 3 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to a league-leading 14 games.
San Diego increased its lead to 5-0 in the second on Howard's RBI triple and a Tony Fernandez run-scoring single.
San Diego added three more runs in the fourth. Fernandez doubled and Gwynn singled him to third. McGriff singled to drive in Fernandez. Santiago's fly ball to short right fell between second baseman Jose Lind and right fielder Mitch Webster for a single, driving in Gwynn. Coolbaugh singled to load the bases, and Darrin Jackson's sacrifice fly scored McGriff.
Phillies 4, Reds 1
At Cincinnati, Jim Lindeman and Von Hayes each drove in two runs, and Jose DeJesus survived early control problems as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds.
DeJesus (2-2) walked five in the first three innings, but twice the Phillies bailed him out with double plays.
Cubs 4, Dodgers 3
At Chicago, Chico Walker's run-scoring pinch single and a bases-loaded walk to Mark Grace keyed a two-run rally in the seventh inning that carried the Chicago Cubs to a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The win was only the second in five games for the Cubs and snapped a three-game Dodgers winning streak.
Braves 7, Expos 6
At Atlanta, Dave Justice hit a two-run triple in a three-run seventh inning as the Atlanta Braves held on to beat the Montreal Expos.
Montreal second baseman Delino DeShield's wild throw allowed Otis Nixon to score the first run in the inning and snap a 4-4 tie.
The Expos scored a run in the first when Calderon singled, stole second and came home on a single by Wallach.
Cardinals 3, Giants 2
At St. Louis, third baseman Mike Felder's throwing error allowed Geronimo Pena to score from second base in the 10th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame poor baserunning to beat the San Francisco Giants.
Pena led off the 10th with a single off Francisco Oliveras (1-2) and stole second. Bernard Gilkey then dropped down a sacifice bunt, but Felder made a wild throw to third trying to get Pena.
Mets 4, Astros 3
At Houston, Howard Johnson hit his 12th home run of the season to lead off the 11th inning to give the New York Mets a victory over the Houston Astros.
Johnson, second in the NL in homers to Fred McGriff's 13, hit a 420-foot shot to center field on an 0-1 pitch from rookie Mike Capel (0-1). Capel was called up from the minors on Friday.