Milwaukee (55-69) at Chicago (69-56)

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  • Game info: 2:20 pm EDT Wed Aug 25, 2004
  • TV: FSCH
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Greg Maddux overcame a shaky start to earn his 301st career win last week.

He’ll try to continue climbing the all-time list as the Chicago Cubs shoot for a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.

Maddux surrendered four runs in the first inning Thursday before settling down in a 9-6 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park. He allowed five runs— four earned—and six hits over seven innings.

“When you give up four runs in the first, you really don’t expect to win, you just try to do what you can,” Maddux said. “I just tried to hang on after that.”

The 38-year-old right-hander, who has won five of his last six decisions, retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. He is currently 20th on the all-time wins list, six behind Hall of Famer Mickey Welch (307).

“Runs make you look good, and we got a lot of runs today,” Maddux said.

The Cubs have been scoring plenty of runs lately. Chicago has won six of its last seven games, outscoring the opposition 60-30 in the process.

Moises Alou homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs Tuesday, and Derrek Lee hit a grand slam to lead the Cubs to a 13-4 rout. With the win, Chicago took a one-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL wild-card race.

Alou hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a two-run shot in the fourth and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. His two homers gave him 31 for the season—his third straight year with at least 30.

Bill Hall and Scott Podsednik both homered for the Brewers, who dropped their season-high seventh straight and fell 14 games below .500 for the first time this season.

Milwaukee is on its longest losing streak since dropping nine in a row from July 15-23, 2002.

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D. Davis KC vs. G. Maddux LAD
12-12 Record 16-11
3.39 ERA 4.02
166 K 151
79 BB 33
1.31 WHIP 1.18