On Monday, Maddux gave up two earned runs and seven hits in six innings of the Braves’ 3-2 loss to the New York Mets, but did not receive a decision.
That left him two wins shy of 15. Last season, the veteran right-hander became just the second pitcher, along with Young, to earn 15 or more wins in 15 straight seasons.
However, Maddux said after Monday’s game he wasn’t concerned with how many victories he accumulates.
“I want to win when I pitch,” said Maddux, who has 286 career victories. “But more importantly, I want to give us a chance to win. This game has given me so much. Would I like to win 16, 17 games? Yeah.
“But it’s more important to put yourself in position to make good pitches than it is to win games.”
Maddux went 7-8 through the first half, but has revived his season in the second half, going 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA.
On Friday, the Braves split a doubleheader with the Pirates, winning the first game 3-2 in 10 innings and losing the second 5-3.
Chipper Jones hit a game-winning walk-off homer in the first game for the Braves, who snapped a season-high-tying three-game losing streak.
“Regardless of how we’re hitting or how we’re pitching, it seems like in the ninth inning, we always give ourselves a chance to win the game,” Braves infielder Mark DeRosa said. “It’s refreshing, because you know we’re never out of the ballgame.”
“My team has bounced back all year,” Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We’re not big on talent, but we’re big on effort. We have the ability to bounce back.”
STANDINGS: Pirates - 4th place, 9 GB, NL Central. Braves - 1st place, NL East.
PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Jeff D’Amico (8-13, 4.35 ERA). D’Amico gave up seven earned runs and 10 hits in just three innings of a 10-4 loss to the Braves on Sunday—his fifth defeat in seven decisions. He is 0-3 with a 4.99 ERA in six career appearances, including five starts, against Atlanta.
BRAVES PROBABLE STARTER: Maddux (13-10, 4.07 ERA). He is 20-13 with a 2.50 ERA in 40 career appearances against Pittsburgh.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Pirates - Jason Kendall, .319 avg. and 75 runs; Reggie Sanders, 30 HRs, 77 RBIs and 12 SBs. Braves - Gary Sheffield, .329 avg. and 113 RBIs; Javy Lopez, 36 HRs; Rafael Furcal, 115 runs and 25 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Braves, 5-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Pirates - OF Sanders on Friday reached 30 homers for the second time in his career. … The Pirates are 22-23 in one-run games, including 7-13 on the road. … RHP D’Amico is 4-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 11 starts on the road this season. Braves - In Friday’s second game, RF Ryan Langerhans got the first start and hit of his major league career. … In the first game, 1B Julio Franco made his first start since going on the disabled list Aug. 18 with a fractured middle finger on his left hand. … RHP Darren Holmes, who has been on the DL since May 7 with neuritis in his pitching shoulder, threw off the mound for the first time Friday.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Pirates - 32-37 on the road; Braves - 47-22 at home.
INJURIES: Pirates - INF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL; INF Pokey Reese (thumb), 60-day DL; RHP Kris Benson (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL. Braves - OF Damon Hollins (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Paul Byrd (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Kevin Gryboski (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Holmes (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP John Smoltz (elbow), 15-day DL.