Vintage Maddux Wins 354th game

Greg Maddux allowed seven hits, three of them in the first inning, and earned his first win of the season for the Dodgers and 354th in his career, tying Roger Clemens for eighth place on the all-time list. Five different Dodgers knocked in runs in the 5-2 win. He came into the game 0-2 with a 7.32 ERA with the Dodgers and lowered his ERA to 5.94.

The 42-year-old Maddux (7-11 overall) turned back the clock and 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 after Brad Penny went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

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.

"I know when interleague first started, I made sure I watched Clemens 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."

Joe Torre, the only man to manage both Maddux and Clemens, said "Roger obviously was blessed with more explosive stuff. 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."

Asked about Maddux's record with San Diego, manager Bud Black said, "I think more than anything, it was probably run support. He was pitching on the wrong nights. 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."

The Dodgers bullpen nailed things down after Maddux left the game, with Joe Beimel, Cory Wade, Hong-Chih Kuo (two scoreless innings, three strikeouts) and Jonathan Broxton (save #11, two strikeouts).

Despite their third win in a row the Dodgers continue to trail Arizona by 2 1/2 games after Steve Drew hit for the cycle to help Arizona to an 8-6 win over St. Louis.

San Diego ran off three straight singles to open the game and take a 1-0 lead, then after a one-out single in the second, Maddux retired 12 consecutive Padres and 17 of the 18 hitters until the sixth when he allowed back-to-back doubles with two out.

Beimel and Wade closed out the inning and Kuo and Broxton sewed it up.

The Dodgers quickly tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Andre Ethier singles, stole second and scored on James Loney's single with two out.

Casey Blake singled to open the second inning and recorded his first steal as a Dodger. Angel Berroa doubled him in and Maddux dropped a single into right field to score Berroa and make it 3-1.

Blake smacked his seventh home run since coming to Los Angeles and 18th overall in the third inning and after San Diego scored their final run in the seventh, Russell Martin singled, moved to third on Ethier's second hit of the game and scored on Manny Ramirez's sac fly -- his 26th RBI since coming to Los Angeles.

Torre said that something happened to his team in the past three days, even if Monday's win only kept pace with the winning Diamondbacks. "We got some life back in us," he said. "We ran the bases hard (three steals), played good baseball. The intensity is back, that's the main thing. You go through rough patches where everybody tries to do too much. If we play like we've played the past three games, we'll be OK."

Maddux is a bit more cautious. "Winning three in a row is not that big a deal," he said. "We've got to do it tomorrow."

Tonight LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-5, 4.56 ERA) gets the start after being kicked around by the Nationals his last time out. In his last two starts, both losses, Kershaw has piled up a 15.63 ERA and pitched just 6.1 innings. Before that, his five previous outings were considered quality starts in which he went 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA.

He will be opposed by RHP Cha Seung Baek (4-9, 4.99 ERA) who pitched well in his last start, a loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, when he allowed two runs on six hits over 5.2 innings.

 San Diego	100 001 000-2
 Los Angeles	121 000 10x-5

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martin c	4  1  1  0  .283
Ethier rf	2  1  1  0  .278
Ramirez lf	2  0  1  1  .417
Loney 1b	4  0  5  1  .305
Kemp cf	        4  0  0  0  .239
Blake 3b	4  2  2  1  .278
DeWitt 2bv 	3  0  0  0  .256
Berroa ss	4  1  1  1  .226
Maddux p	2  0  1  1  .125
 Beimel 	0  0  0  0  .000
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Sweeney ph	1  0  0  0  .136
 Kuo p        	0  0  0  0  .250
 Garciaparra ph	1  0  0  0  .234
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	31 5 9 5
  San Diego	33 7 2 2

 Two-base hits- Berroa. HR- Blake (7). 
SF- Ramirez. RBI- Loney 84), Berroa (8), 
Maddux (3), Blake (18), Ramirez (26). 
SB- Ethier (6), Blake (1), Kemp (32). 
LOB- Los Angeles 7, San Diego 8. 

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Maddux (1-2)	5.2  6  2-2  0  4  4.18
Beimel	        0-0  0  0-0  1  0  2.31
Wade	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  2.62
Kuo        	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  2.07
Broxton (sv 11)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.53
 T- 2:29. Att- 44,087.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers went 13-16 in August but lost just a half-game to Arizona in the National League West standings. Manny Ramirez led the Dodgers in August with a .415 batting average, 44 hits, nine home runs, 25 RBIs, a .508 on-base percentage and a .736 slugging percentage. He led the NL in hitting and tied for second in the NL in homers. ...Loney went 2-for-4 on Monday to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He's hitting .449 during the streak. ...Casey Blake has hit safely in nine of 10 games, hitting .324 over that span. He's homered in consecutive games. ...Andre Ethier has swiped three bags in his past four games, and the Dodgers have stolen nine bases in their past four contests after stealing three on Monday. ...Maddux, just 15.2 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. ...The victory was the second of the day for Torre. Earlier at Saratoga Race Course in New York, the 2-year-old colt he owns in partnership with Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, Vineyard Haven, raced to victory in the $250,000 Grade I Hopeful Stakes. ...Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities alumnus and Dodgers first baseman James Loney will host and narrate "The Faces of RBI," which premieres tonight at 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) on ESPN2. The show explores the experiences of kids who participate in RBI, as well as the coaches, MLB executives and KPMG volunteers involved with the program. ...Actress Teal Wicks sang the national anthem before Monday's game. She is currently starring as Elphaba in the Broadway musical "Wicked." ...Natalie Golda of the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team showed off her silver medal at Monday's game.

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