Maddux has dominated the Mets with a 34-15 record and 3.18 ERA in 60 career games against them while with the Cubs and Braves. The future Hall-of-Fame pitcher is 1-0 with 18 strikeouts and an 0.68 ERA in his last two starts against New York.
Maddux’s hopes a game against the Mets will help him snap out of his slump. He’s struggled to earn victories over the last seven starts, going 1-4 with a 4.91 ERA.
“It was a good game for us to get back on the winning ways,” New York manager Willie Randolph said. “Hopefully we’re going to turn the corner here, and get into a nice little run.”
Jose Reyes had three singles, stole two bases and scored twice for New York.
In all, the Mets matched a season high with five stolen bases and every starter but David Wright had at least one hit. Wright walked three times.
Despite the return of Nomar Garciaparra and Kerry Wood from injuries, the Cubs lost for the sixth time in eight games and dropped below .500 (54-55) for the first time since July 10, when they were 43-44.
Garciaparra went 0-for-4 in his first start since tearing his groin on April 20. He nearly beat out a grounder to short for a hit in the eighth.
Wood pitched the sixth inning, and Scott Williamson made his Chicago debut after having elbow ligament replacement surgery in October, striking out two in the seventh.
Wood threw 15 pitches with a walk in his first outing since going on the DL on July 20 with a shoulder strain.