MIAMI (AP) -- Greg Maddux ducked to avoid a line drive single by Luis Gonzalez, and later in the inning he hollered a playful complaint at his longtime nemesis.
"When I got to third, Maddux said, 'You're supposed to pull the ball,' " Gonzalez said with a smile.Not enough went as planned Sunday for Maddux, who failed in his fourth bid to reach 350 victories. He was outpitched by young Andrew Miller, and the San Diego Padres lost to the Florida Marlins, 10-3.
Not The First Time
Others besides Greg Maddux have struggled to get their 350th MLB win. Here's the list of major leaguers who needed four or more starts to reach the milestone:
Maddux (2-3) twice failed to hold a lead, and he allowed 11 hits and five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings."He wasn't as good as he normally is," Gonzalez said. "He left some balls up. He tried to scratch it out and stay in there as long as he could, but he wasn't his typical self."When Maddux's workday ended, he walked off the mound and headed directly for the tunnel to the clubhouse, bypassing the dugout. There were no backslaps from teammates, and no milestones, either.The four-time Cy Young award winner is 0-3 in four starts since April 13. He leads all active pitchers in victories and was trying to become the ninth member of the 350-win club, but instead he fell to 349-217 and lost his fourth decision against Florida in a row."Enjoy your off day Monday and get ready to play Tuesday," Maddux said. "There is no big picture in baseball."
Miller (2-2) earned his seventh career win with his best performance since joining the Marlins in the offseason trade that sent Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera to Detroit. The left-hander allowed four hits and two runs in a season-high six innings, and he put Florida ahead to stay with a groundout for his first major league RBI.
• Greg Maddux failed to become the ninth pitcher in MLB history to win 350 games.
• The Padres' postseason hopes were dashed in a one-game playoff last season, but this year they are tied for the worst record (12-20) in the majors.
• San Diego lost Sunday after winning their last game. The Pads haven't won consecutive games since April 13 and 15.
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Miller threw fewer pitches than the usually efficient Maddux -- 88 to 94 -- and reduced his ERA from 9.12 to 7.96."I'm ecstatic I was able to go out there and keep us in the game the whole time and keep my pitch count at a reasonable amount," Miller said. "I've got to build on that."Dan Uggla hit his seventh homer, doubled twice, drove in three runs and scored three times for the Marlins, who took two of three games in the series. Mike Jacobs also had three of Florida's 16 hits and drove in a run, and Matt Treanor had two hits and two RBIs.Gonzalez went 1-for-2 against Maddux with an intentional walk. Gonzalez has 10 homers off Maddux, the most of any player, and a .321 average with 36 hits against the right-hander."I've got a history with him," Gonzalez said.Uggla hit a leadoff homer off Maddux to start the second and make the score 1-all. Florida rallied again to take the lead for good in the fourth.Jacobs led off with a single and took third on a double by Uggla. After Gonzalez was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out, Treanor singled sharply off the glove of third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to score a run."It is what it is, especially when stuff is going bad -- off somebody's glove instead of in it," Maddux said. "It was just far enough out of reach."Uggla scored when Miller bounced out to second.Maddux failed to survive the sixth inning, when the Marlins scored twice. After Gonzalez and Treanor singled, Cody Ross hit a two-out RBI single, and another run came home when right fielder Brian Giles mishandled the ball for an error.That sent Maddux to the tunnel with the score 5-2."Greg hung in there," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Maybe not his best day, but they hit some balls that found holes."Black was headed for the clubhouse shortly after Maddux, thanks to an ejection in the seventh inning by plate umpire Sam Holbrook for arguing about balls and strikes.San Diego scored in the second when Scott Hairston led off with a double, advanced on a groundout and scored on Josh Bard's groundout.The only other run allowed by Miller came on Adrian Gonzalez's homer on an 0-2 pitch with two out in the third. It was the eighth homer for Gonzalez and the second in two games.
The Padres fell to 33-33 in Miami. ... Padres LHP Wilfredo Ledezma gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings, ending his streak of 13 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. ... The Marlins had been averaging only 2.8 runs in day games.