Greg Maddux won his sixth straight start. Now the question is when he will be able to go for his seventh.
Maddux and the Atlanta Braves notched a 6-2 win yesterday over the visiting San Diego Padres, but the right-hander turned his pitching wrist when he misplayed a foul ball in the sixth inning. After calling off third baseman Chipper Jones, Maddux lost control of the ball. He dove near the Padres' dugout in an unsuccessful attempt to make the catch and fell on his wrist.
After Braves Manager Bobby Cox stood nearby and watched him warm up before the seventh inning, Maddux retired the side in order.
Later, Braves spokesman Jim Schultz said Maddux's wrist was severely strained and he would undergo further evaluation and testing, "probably on Monday, after the swelling goes down."
Shultz said it was too early to determine whether Maddux would miss his next start, on Friday at St. Louis.
Tony Gwynn had two hits off Maddux to move within six hits of Lou Brock for the 19th spot on the career list. Gwynn, who now has 3,017 career hits, hit an RBI double in the third inning. He has a .446 career average (37 for 83) against the four-time Cy Young Award winner.
"I know how well he works both sides of the plate," Gwynn said of Maddux. "I'm just trying to take a defensive approach to facing him."
Except for a rocky third inning, Maddux (16-6) was brilliant, yielding eight hits and two runs while striking out nine in seven innings. He didn't walk a batter in outdueling Andy Ashby (11-7).
METS 7, CARDINALS 4: In New York, Pat Mahomes, Turk Wendell and Armando Benitez teamed on six innings of one-hit relief and struck out 11, and Mike Piazza homered for the sixth time in seven games to help the Mets hold their percentage-points lead over Atlanta in the NL East.
After starter Kenny Rogers left with back spasms after the third, New York's bullpen stretched its scoreless streak to 24 2/3 innings.
REDS 9, EXPOS 3: Aaron Boone and Eddie Taubensee hit their first career grand slams to help keep host Cincinnati a game behind Houston in the NL Central. Juan Guzman (3-1) pitched an eight-hitter and has a 2.03 earned run average in four starts since being traded from Baltimore on July 31. Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero singled to extend his hitting streak to 26 games.
ASTROS 5, MARLINS 4: Jeff Bagwell hit his 37th homer -- and Houston's fourth of the game -- in the ninth inning to snap a tie and lift visiting Houston.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, PIRATES 2: In Pittsburgh, Randy Johnson (13-8) withstood Kevin Young's two home runs to win with a six-hitter. The left-hander's streak of six consecutive games with at least 10 strikeouts ended -- he struck out eight -- but he needs only eight strikeouts for his third 300-strikeout season.
GIANTS 5, BREWERS 1: Rich Aurilia and F.P. Santangelo hit run-scoring triples to back Livan Hernandez and give San Francisco a road victory. Hernandez (7-11) allowed six hits and struck out eight in eight innings.
PHILLIES 6, DODGERS 5: Rico Brogna homered and drove in five runs, including the game-winning run on an 11th-inning single to lift Philadelphia at home.