Colon, making only his third start, gave up seven hits in seven
innings to beat Maddux 5-1 in his much-anticipated return to
Atlanta and hand the Cubs their sixth straight loss.
Colon (1-4) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh
that preceded a rain delay of 1 hour, 59 minutes.
"That was awesome," Colon said. "You have to keep the game as
close as you can."
Maddux (7-6), making his 622nd start and first appearance in
Atlanta since leaving the Braves to sign with the Cubs following
the 2003 season, allowed eight hits and five runs in six innings.
Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who leads the majors with a .378
average, left the game in the third inning with irritation in his
left shoulder and will be examined Wednesday.
Marcus Giles was 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run
double in the Braves' four-run fifth.
In the seventh, the Cubs loaded the bases on singles by Aramis
Ramirez, Todd Hollandsworth and Henry Blanco. With one out, Colon
struck out pinch-hitter Jose Macias and then ended the inning on a
fly ball by Neifi Perez.
"I definitely think the guy today was Roman," Giles said. "He
just tightened up his belt a little bit in that situation and that
shows you a lot about him."
The Braves (47-37) moved 10 games over .500 for the first time
this season. Atlanta has won four of five and 14 of 19.
Maddux, who won three Cy Young Awards with the Braves from
1993-2003, received a loud ovation when the starting lineups were
introduced before the game and again before his first at-bat in the
"That was nice," he said. "It's nice not to be forgotten. I
"I left here on good terms. I'm grateful for what the Braves
did for me. They treated me great, paid me good, and let me do my
After facing only one batter, Maddux already was being visited
by manager Dusty Baker, who wanted to make sure the 39-year-old was
OK after having Rafael Furcal lead off with a shot that bounced off
Maddux to Perez at shortstop. Perez threw out Furcal.
"I should have caught it," said Maddux, who said the ball hit
his glove. "I whiffed."
Kelly Johnson followed with a double to center that Corey
Patterson misplayed, taking a step in before watching the ball sail
over his head. Johnson scored when Giles followed with a single up
the middle for a 1-0 lead.
Hollandsworth's fifth homer pulled the Cubs even in the second.
Maddux gave up a leadoff double to Johnny Estrada in the second
and then retired 10 straight batters. During that span, Maddux
recorded six strikeouts, five on called strikes.
On consecutive strikeouts in the fourth, Andruw Jones and Adam
LaRoche each were backing away as Maddux floated breaking balls
over the plate for called third strikes.
But the Braves reached Maddux for four runs in the fifth, all
scoring with two outs.
With one out, Wilson Betemit reached on an infield single and
moved to second on Colon's sacrifice bunt. After a walk to Furcal,
Johnson's single to center drove in Betemit. Giles drove in two
runs with a double to center, and Jones' single -- the third
straight hit to center -- scored Giles for a 5-1 lead.
"He was good except for that one inning," Baker said of
Maddux. "We've got to stay out of that big inning."
Jones was thrown out by Blanco trying to steal second on a
pitchout by Maddux in the fifth. Jones has two steals and has been
caught twice. ... The Cubs lost seven straight games from April
29-May 7. ... Hollandsworth, who had two hits, has an eight-game