Dodgers 14, Giants 7
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Modest as ever, Greg Maddux planned to thank his teammates for all the run support, enjoy his latest feat for a night, then begin preparing for his next start.
Maddux earned his 329th career win to move into a tie for 10th place with Steve Carlton on the all-time victories list, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over San Francisco 14-7 on Saturday night to end the Giants’ five-game winning streak.
“Fourteen runs make things a lot better,” Maddux said. “Runs can make you look good real quick.”
Maddux looked good either way.
He retired the final 22 Giants batters in his previous start last Sunday at Dodger Stadium, then 10 straight to start Saturday’s outing before Omar Vizquel blooped a one-out single to shallow right in the fourth. If the two were added together for 32 straight outs, Maddux had five more than a 27-out perfect game.
Jeff Kent and Andre Ethier each hit two-run triples and Maddux added a double, a run scored and a sacrifice fly in the Dodgers’ seven-run second. Ethier finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs and J.D. Drew added a two-run single in the eighth to go with his RBI single in the second.
Even with all that offense, Maddux was the talk of the clubhouse.
“You can’t really put into words what he does,” Ethier said.
Maddux (11-11) struck out six in six innings and didn’t walk a batter for the second straight game and is 2-0 since coming to the Dodgers in a trade from the Chicago Cubs on July 31. The 40-year-old right-hander has won four straight decisions.
“This guy brings with him some intangibles you may never see—you just see the results,” manager Grady Little said. “Just his presence. It’s instant respect. A young player is foolish not to pay attention.”
Maddux beat Brad Hennessey, the same pitcher he faced here when he won his 300th game on Aug. 7, 2004. Tying Carlton was something special this time.
“That’s kind of cool,” Maddux said. “I know my brother (Mike) got to play with him in Philadelphia. It’s a privilege.”
He held a 10-0 lead after the second, when the Dodgers batted around before recording an out. In his last start, he threw only 68 pitches in eight innings.
Moises Alou hit a three-run homer in the fourth for the last-place Giants, sending the first pitch from Maddux into the seats in left-center for his 14th of the year. Vizquel’s single started a stretch of four straight hits against Maddux, who gave up a single to Ray Durham, Todd Linden’s RBI double and Alou’s homer before getting the next two outs.
Durham pulled San Francisco within 10-6 when he hit a two-run triple to score two unearned runs in the fifth after Vizquel reached with two outs on Nomar Garciaparra’s fielding error at first. Eliezer Alfonzo hit a solo homer leading off the seventh for the Giants.
The Dodgers jumped on Brad Hennessey (5-3) from the start and manager Felipe Alou quickly got Jamey Wright up in the bullpen. Wright entered after Garciaparra’s single and immediately gave up four straight hits, including Kent’s triple to center and Ethier’s run-scoring single for his third RBI of the game.
After Maddux began the inning with a double, Rafael Furcal reached on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on Hennessey’s wild throw past first for an error. Second baseman Durham tried to get Furcal at third but threw wildly for another error that allowed Furcal to score.
Fans began booing the Giants and Hennessey, done before retiring a batter in the second. He allowed seven runs and seven hits with one strikeout.
“Everything I threw, they hit,” Hennessey said. “Everything they saw, they hit. I can’t blame it on anything.”
Linden took over in left field in the top of the fourth for Barry Bonds, who has tightness in his back and is doubtful for Sunday’s game. The 42-year-old Bonds grounded out to shortstop in his lone at-bat on another brisk Bay Area night.
Little removed second baseman Kent in the middle of the second and center fielder Kenny Lofton the next inning in order to give both players time to rest before Sunday’s afternoon game.
The Dodgers had 17 hits. They are 27-5 in the games in which Ethier scores a run and 24-7 when he has an RBI. … Maddux surpassed his pitch total from his last outing when he threw his 69th pitch in the fifth.