Greg Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season. Getting to 200 innings made him just as happy.
He accomplished both as the Cubs defeated host Pittsburgh, 6-3, yesterday.
Maddux also hit a two-run single in a four-run second inning for the Cubs, who completed their third series sweep of the Pirates this year. Maddux raised his total to 2012/3 innings, reaching 200 for the 16th time in 17 years -- he missed by two-thirds of an inning in 2002.
"I think 200 innings for me personally means more than the wins," Maddux said, "because you can't control the wins and losses as much as you can control showing up every fifth day and getting your 200 innings."
Chicago is 7-2 on its trip following the three victories in Pittsburgh.
"I think we should have been doing this all year," reliever Kent Mercker said. "Better late than never, I guess."
* PHILLIES 9, MARLINS 8: In Miami, Jimmy Rollins hit a two-out homer in the 10th inning for Philadelphia. The loss moved the World Series champion Marlins within a game of elimination from postseason consideration.
Rollins hit a pitch from Armando Benitez (2-2) over the right-field fence for his 12th homer.
* CARDINALS 4, BREWERS 2: Watching visiting St. Louis get its 100th win filled Manager Tony La Russa with pride.
"A 100th win is a magic number," he said. "It has significant meaning for a team. It's a mark of excellence."
St. Louis reached 100 wins for the first time since 1985 and the seventh time overall as Yadier Molina hit his first major league home run, a two-out drive in the eighth off Matt Wise (1-2) that broke a 2-2 tie.
Hector Luna followed with his third homer of the season, his fourth hit of the game. Wise had given up just one homer in 501/3 innings coming into the game.
St. Louis (100-52), which clinched the NL Central title last weekend, has 10 games remaining and can surpass its club record of 106 wins, set in 1942.
* METS 4, EXPOS 2: Tom Glavine (10-13) won for just the third time since mid-June, and Gerald Williams and Victor Diaz homered for New York in Montreal.
Glavine has 261 victories, trailing only 300-game winners Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux among active pitchers.
Brad Wilkerson went 3 for 4 and tied Tony Batista for the team lead with 31 homers after he connected in the fifth inning to make it 4-2. Wilkerson also homered in the third to give Montreal two hitters with 30 homers in the same season for the first time in franchise history.
* ROCKIES 7-2, DIAMONDBACKS 1-1: Jeromy Burnitz drove in the winning run with a bloop single in the 10th inning to give Colorado a doubleheader sweep in Denver.
In the opener, Jeff Francis pitched six strong innings for Colorado. In the second game, Todd Helton doubled to right field to start the 10th inning against Randy Choate (2-4), who then walked Vinny Castilla intentionally. Burnitz followed with a game-winning single in front of left fielder Andy Green, scoring Helton.
* REDS 3, BRAVES 2: Gabe White earned his first save in more than four years to prevent host Atlanta from clinching another division title. Atlanta's magic number in the East was reduced to one when Philadelphia beat Florida 9-8 in 10 innings, but the Braves will have to wait at least another day to clinch their 13th consecutive division title.
* ASTROS 7, GIANTS 3: Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer off Dustin Hermanson in the ninth inning, and Houston rallied from a late three-run deficit to win in San Francisco.
Carlos Beltran had three hits for the Astros, who gave their flagging playoff hopes a big boost by scoring five runs in the ninth. The Giants' Jason Schmidt was denied his 17th victory by Hermanson's third blown save of the season.
Houston was in danger of being swept and falling four games behind the Giants in the wild-card race. Instead, the Astros lingered 21/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs, who took a half-game lead over the Giants for the wild card.