Hoping to snap a career high-tying 13-start winless streak, Maddux looks to win his seventh straight decision against the Reds on Wednesday when the Padres close a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
Maddux (3-8, 4.21 ERA) is ninth all-time and first among active pitchers with 350 career victories, but hasn’t added to that total since beating Colorado on May 10. The 42-year-old right-hander has gone 0-5 with a 4.62 ERA in 13 starts since that victory, matching his career-high winless streak set first from May 11-July 14, 1990.
Maddux got six runs of support Friday, but also gave up six runs in a season-low four innings as San Diego (38-63) lost to St. Louis 11-7.
“First time I had a lead in a while, and I made it last for what, five minutes?,” Maddux said. “I didn’t hold up my side of the deal.”
Maddux hopes to snap out of his funk against a Cincinnati team he’s fared well against lately. He’s 24-16 with a 3.43 ERA lifetime against the Reds, including 6-0 with a 2.03 ERA in seven starts against them since his last loss in the series Sept. 12, 2005, when he pitched for the Chicago Cubs.
Maddux hopes to continue his success against the Reds as the Padres try to bounce back from a disheartening defeat. San Diego squandered a 3-0 lead and let Cincinnati (49-53) steal a 4-3 victory on Jeff Keppinger’s walk-off RBI double in the 11th inning Tuesday night.
“It was maddening,” Padres manager Bud Black told the team’s official Web site after his club lost for the seventh time in eight games and fell to 7-24 since June 15.
The Reds, meanwhile, got their major league-leading 10th walk-off win, rebounding after blowing a ninth-inning lead to lose the series opener 6-4 on Monday.
“It’s the second time this homestand we’ve had to bounce back after a tough loss,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It shows you the resiliency of this team, what these guys are made of and their ability to forget yesterday. A lot of times you lose a tough game and it stays with you for a couple days.”
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (8-7, 5.71) will take the mound Wednesday hoping to win a personal-best fifth straight start. Since giving up a career high-tying 10 earned runs in one inning of a 14-1 loss to Toronto on June 24, the right-hander has posted a 2.88 ERA while winning four consecutive outings. He limited the New York Mets to two runs and four hits in eight innings of a 5-2 victory Friday.
San Diego outfielder Brian Giles, who’s 7-for-19 with six walks, four RBIs and four runs scored in his last five games, is 5-for-13 with four walks and two home runs in his career against Arroyo.