Maddux Gets Record 15th As Cubs Sweep Bucs
PITTSBURGH -- Greg Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season and hit a two-run single in a four-run second inning, leading the Chicago Cubs over Pittsburgh 6-3 Thursday for their third series sweep of the Pirates this year.
Chicago, which began the day a half-game behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race, completed a 7-2 trip with the three victories in Pittsburgh, winning for the 12th time in 15 games. The Cubs headed to New York for a three-game series against the Mets, then finish the season at home with four games against Cincinnati and three against Atlanta.
Maddux (15-10) improved to 3-1 against Pittsburgh this season, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings with no walks and six strikeouts. Maddux, 20th on the career wins list with 304, last year surpassed Cy Young's 15 consecutive 15-win seasons.
Maddux retired 11 consecutive batters before Jack Wilson's leadoff single in the sixth. Kyle Farnsworth pitched one inning, and Kent Mercker got the final out of the eighth after Ryan Dempster put two runners on. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 30 chances,