Willis bests Maddux in Marlins' 2-1 win
He also drove in the tie-breaking run when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.
CHICAGO -- Dontrelle Willis beat Greg Maddux to tie for the major league lead with his 18th win, driving in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the Florida Marlins' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Willis (18-8) allowed one run and six hits in 71/3 innings, struck out six, walked one and hit one batter. He matched Chris Carpenter of St. Louis for the big league lead in victories and tied the Marlins' season record, set by Carl Pavano last year.
Maddux (10-11) pitched a five-hitter for his second complete game of the season, striking out two, walking one and hitting two batters. He has about five starts left as he tries to extend his major league record of 17 consecutive seasons with 15 or more wins.
Chicago's Nomar Garciaparra was back at third base and did not have a fielding chance.
He played the position Friday for the first time since high school and made a throwing error as the replacement for injured regular Aramis Ramirez.
Florida won its third straight. The Marlins began the day 11/2 games behind Philadelphia, the NL wild-card leader.
Guillermo Mota relieved with a runner on second and one out in the eighth, then retired Derrek Lee and Michael Barrett on flyouts. Todd Jones finished for his 31st save in 33 chances, his 21st in a row.
Chicago has lost six of seven.
For the second straight day, Juan Pierre was hit by a pitch leading off the first and stole second. Jeff Conine sacrificed and Miguel Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly.
Jeromy Burnitz hit an RBI double in the fourth following a single by Garciaparra, but the Marlins went ahead for good in the fifth.
Juan Encarnacion doubled leading off, ending a streak of nine consecutive batters retired by Maddux, Damion Easley reached on a bunt single and Matt Treanor walked.
Maddux then hit Willis with an 0-1 pitch.
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DP--Chicago 2. LOB--Florida 4, Chicago 7. 2B--MiCabrera (37), JEncarnacion (21), Burnitz 2 (28). SB--Pierre 2 (46). CS--Burnitz (4). S--Conine, TWalker. SF--MiCabrera.
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HBP--by Maddux (Willis), by Willis (TWalker), by Maddux (Pierre). Umpires--Home, Jeff Kellogg; First, Laz Diaz; Second, Dana DeMuth; Third, Marty Foster. T--2:20. A--39,202.
Giants 2, Mets 1
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Schmidt (11-6) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to win his third straight decision, outpitching Tom Glavine (10-11) and ending the Mets' five-game winning streak.
Todd Linden had a run-scoring grounder and Mike Matheny hit an RBI double in a two-run second. Kaz Matsui had an RBI grounder in the fourth for New York, which had four hits and remained 11/2 games behind the Phillies.
After Victor Diaz's two-out double in the ninth, the former Mets closer Armando Benitez walked Jose Offerman and retired pinch-hitter Chris Woodward on a flyout for his 250th save, his sixth this season and second since returning following surgery to reattach two torn hamstring tendons to the pelvis.
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DP--New York 1, San Francisco 1. LOB--New York 8, San Francisco 4. 2B--Diaz (13), DCruz (10), Matheny (29). 3B--Reyes (14).
Umpires--Home, Gary Cederstrom; First, Bill Welke; Second, Brian O'Nora; Third, Tim Welke. T--2:36. A--42,180.
Diamondbacks 2, Phillies 0
PHOENIX -- Alex Cintron hit a two-run, pinch homer and Brandon Webb (11-10) allowed three hits in seven innings to help Arizona stop a season-high six-game losing streak.
Jon Lieber (12-12) retired his first 14 batters and blanked the Diamondbacks on three hits through six innings.
But in the seventh, Chad Tracy doubled with one out and Cintron lofted a two-out drive barely over the glove of leaping right fielder Bobby Abreu for his third pinch-hit homer of the season.
Lieber fell to 0-7 in his career against Arizona, including 0-5 in Phoenix.
He allowed two runs and five hits in 71/3 innings.
Jose Valverde got five outs for his fifth save as Arizona won for the third time in 14 games.
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DP--Arizona 1. LOB--Philadelphia 10, Arizona 6. 2B--Howard (10), Counsell (30), Tracy (27). HR--Cintron (6). SB--Utley (13). S--Clayton.
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HBP--by Lieber (LGonzalez). WP--Lieber. Umpires--Home, Mike Winters; First, Bruce Froemming; Second, Jerry Meals; Third, Hunter Wendelstedt. T--2:26. A--26,903.
Cardinals 6, Nationals 0
WASHINGTON -- Jason Marquis (10-13) pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout, ending a seven-start losing streak.
Marquis struck out three and walked none.
St. Louis scored four runs in four innings off Matt White (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first career start in the majors.
David Eckstein drove in one of those runs, then added a two-run homer in the seventh off Mike Stanton.
Washington remained 21/2 games out in the wild-card race.
The Nationals entered the day last in the big leagues in batting average (.253), slugging percentage (.390), and runs (505). Only one position player on the roster is hitting above .300: Jose Guillen, who went 0-for-3 and dropped to .301.
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LOB--St. Louis 7, Washington 2. 2B--Nunez (12). HR--Eckstein (6). SF--Pujols.
HBP--by MWhite (Edmonds). WP--MWhite. Umpires--Home, Mark Wegner; First, Gary Darling; Second, Larry Poncino; Third, Paul Nauert. T--2:21. A--44,254.