Maddux's Best Too Much for Mets

If there's one team Greg Maddux has dominated throughout his pro career, it's been the New York Mets. As such, he continued that dominance on Tuesday night in a 7-0 shutout at Wrigley Field.

Maddux (2-1) turned in his best outing to date this season, working 6.2 innings and allowing a season-low three hits. He struck out a season-high 10.

After getting out of a first-inning jam that saw the Mets put runners at the corners with only one out, Maddux went on to retire 11 of the next 12 hitters he faced. The three hits he allowed were all singles.

The Cub bullpen finished off the final 2.1 innings without allowing a hit. Michael Wuertz and Mike Remlinger combined to throw 42 pitches with Maddux tossing an even 100. Remlinger, a teammate of Maddux's in Atlanta, has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances.

On the offensive side of the coin, the Cubs used four home runs to aid in the victory--just their second in the past week. Corey Patterson homered twice with Jeromy Burnitz and Jason Dubois also going yard. Mets starter Kris Benson (0-1) allowed all four homers in just his second start this season. He is 2-5 at Wrigley over the course of his career.

Dubois already has four homers in just 35 at-bats this season. He drove in the Cubs' first run on a groundball in the second inning.

The Cubs (14-18) have won seven of their last eight against the Mets at Wrigley since 2003. Maddux won for the 34th time against New York--the most wins against any team he has faced in his career.

Actor and Chicago native George Wendt - NORM! - continued the tradition of celebrity guest conductors in the singing of the seventh-inning stretch. The finale of the series is a 1:20 CDT start Wednesday with Mark Prior scheduled to face Victor Zambrano. Afterward, the Cubs travel to Washington, D.C., for their first series against the Nationals starting Friday.

The Cubs made a roster move before the game, sending RHP Jon Leicester back to Triple-A and re-calling RHP Sergio Mitre.


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