Maddux Stifles Giants in 2-1 Win

It only took 47 pitches for Greg Maddux to cruise through six innings and when the Dodgers scored in the seventh he collected his 355th career win to move past Roger Clemens and into eighth place on the all-time MLB win chart. Blake DeWitt drove in both runs in the 2-1 victory.

But even with all those wins, Maddux may not make the Dodgers' playoff roster. The 42-year-old allowed two hits and one run in six remarkably efficient innings, throwing 47 pitches, 38 of them strikes. He had three six-pitch innings.

DeWitt hit a solo homer and singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as Maddux improved his record with the Dodgers to 2-4 in eight starts. Overall this season with the Dodgers and Padres he is 8-13 with a 4.22 ERA.

"Tonight's game you could say was vintage," said manager Joe Torre. "He changed speeds so well. He can read the body language of an opposing hitter better than anyone I've ever seen."

"Last time, they didn't hit anything at anybody and tonight they hit everything at everybody," Maddux said. "That's the game. Sometimes, you're not as bad as you look and sometimes you're not as good as you look."

Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers' Game 2 playoff starter, worked two scoreless innings of relief, striking out two to give himself 201 strikeouts on the season and Takashi Saito had no trouble in the ninth, earning his 18th save in 21 opportunities.

Blake DeWitt gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the third.

Randy Winn's solo home run in the fourth was the only hit Maddux allowed until Omar Vizquel singled in the sixth.

Casey Blake singled, Rafael Furcal beat out an infield hit and DeWitt's single broke the tie in the seventh

No Dodgers-Giants game would be complete without some sort of controversy and in the eighth inning S.F. pitcher Billy Sadler struck out Blake and celebrated with a fist-pump.

Of course, major league pitchers are not to show emotions when they strike out a batter, just as batters who homer are expected to make their tour of the bases as if they were bored about the whole thing.

Anyway, after the "inflammatory" fist-punp Blake started toward the mound and Matt Kemp said something to the pitcher, bringing both sides onto the field where they milled around and did nothing.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn't like the fist-pump either.

"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. "It's something we have talked to him about."

Manny Ramirez stayed in the game long enough to go 0-for-2 and Jeff Kent had a single in two trips before leaving.

The Dodgers improved to 84-77 and stay three games ahead of Arizona, ensuring themselves of winning this division by at least two games.

Giants All-Star Tim Lincecum (17-5, 2.66 ERA) will make his final start of the year Sunday. He has lost two decisions in a row for the first time this season, but managed to set the San Francisco-era single-season strikeout record (252) in his last start.

Hiroki Kuroda (9-10, 3.84 ERA) will make his final tuneup start before the playoffs. Kuroda allowed only one run in an eight-inning no-decision in his only start this year at AT&T Park.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	001 000 100-2
San Francisco	000 100 000-1

 Los Angeles	  ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	  4  0  2  0  .357
 Billingsley p	  0  0  0  0  .095
 Pierre ph-lf	  1  0  1  0  .283
DeWitt 2b	  4  1  3  2  .266
 Hu ss	          0  0  0  0  .181
Ramirez lf	  2  0  0  0  .396
 Ozuna lf	  1  0  0  0  .194
Loney ph-1b  	  1  0  0  0  .291
Kent 1b	          2  0  1  0  .280
 Garciaparra 1b	  2  0  0  0  .264
 Saito p	  0  0  0  0  .000
Ethier rf	  2  0  1  0  .302
 Repko rf	  1  0  0  0  .176
Martin c	  4  0  0  0  .279
Kemp cf	          4  0  1  0  .292
Blake 3b	  3  1  1  0  .254
Maddux p	  2  0  0  0  .109
 Berroa ph-ss-2b 2  0  0  0  .233
  Totals	  35 2 10 2
  San Francisco	  28 1  4 1

 Two-base hits- Ethier (37), Pierre (10).
3b- Kemp (5). HR- DeWitt (). RBI- DeWitt 
2 (52). CS- Furcal (3). LOB- Los Angeles 
11, San Francisco 0. 

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Maddux (2-4)	6.0  2  1-1  0  2  5.09
Billingsley	2.0  2  0-0  0  2  3.14
Saito (sv 18)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.49
 T- 2:25. Att- 38,673.
Torre noncommittal about Maddux
Maddux could be pitching out of the bullpen for the Dodgers in next week's National League Division Series or could be watching it on TV along with the rest of us.

"The bullpen is better than not pitching," Maddux said.

Torre announced that Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda would start the first three games of the playoffs. He didn't go beyond that or say what Maddux's role would be, but hinted at relief, which Maddux has done twice in the postseason.

"I think Greg is certainly not an ego guy," said Torre. "In the postseason, everybody is on board. We know he's capable. Experience is important."

Torre's 11-man pitching staff won't include Hong-Chih Kuo, whose was scheduled to pitch Saturday night when, according to Torre, Kuo "couldn't get a feel for the ball" warming up in the bullpen during the seventh inning and was quickly shut down. He will have his left elbow examined Sunday, but Torre described him as "doubtful."

After Jeff Kent started Friday and Saturday, Torre said Kent might start in the playoffs, too. And on Saturday, Kent played first base "just to give us a little more flexibility in how we use people," Torre said.

Manager Nomar in Charge
Torre has a tradition for to hand over the managerial duties to a player for the final game of the regular season, and Nomar Garciaparra has been selected.

Will Torre second-guess any questionable decisions? "Probably," he said with a smile. "That's half the fun."

Dodger Blue Notes-- Rafael Furcal had his first two hits and stole a base since going on the disabled list in May. ... Game 3 of the NLDS, the first game at Dodger Stadium, is officially sold out. There are still limited seats available for a potential Game 4, to be held on Oct. 5.

Celebration Tonight
The Dodgers will host a postseason rally for fans tonight at Dodger Stadium. Admission is free, but there is a $2 charge for all Dodger Dogs, sodas, nachos and peanuts. No alcoholic beverages will be available. Merchandise commemorating the team's division title and 50th anniversary in Los Angeles also will be for sale.

?The event begins at 6 p.m., with the main gate opening at 5 p.m. The entire affair is expected to conclude with the team bus pulling into the parking lot, carrying players back from the airport after the team arrives in Los Angeles.

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