Maddux gives up one run in seven innings

CHICAGO (AP) -- Greg Maddux had his most dominating outing of the

Maddux gave the Chicago Cubs their third straight strong start,
allowing four hits over seven innings Sunday in a 4-1 win over the
Pittsburgh Pirates.

"He was on today, obviously," Cubs catcher Paul Bako said.
"To tell you the truth, he kind of had no-hit command and no-hit
stuff. They didn't really hit the ball that hard at all off him all
day, and he kept them off-balanced pretty much the whole game."

Maddux (5-4), following Mark Prior and Carlos Zambrano in the
rotation, struck out six and walked none. He gave up his only run
in the third, when Tike Redman blooped a single, Ryan Vogelsong
(1-6) sacrificed and Jason Kendall singled to put the Pirates

Aramis Ramirez hit a solo home run for the Cubs, who have won
two in a row after losing eight of 10. LaTroy Hawkins pitched the
ninth for his fourth save in six chances.

After giving up a single to Derrek Lee in the second inning,
Vogelsong retired 14 of his next 15 batters.

Ramirez homered to tie the score in the seventh, a drive that
went through a basket and dropped on the field. Bench coach Pete
Mackanin, managing the Pirates while Lloyd McClendon serves a
suspension, questioned the call by third base umpire Mark Carlson.

Todd Hollandsworth followed with a single, Lee was hit by a
pitch and Mike Gonzalez relieved. Patterson flied out, with
Hollandsworth advancing to third, and pinch-hitter Michael Barrett
hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.

"It was nice to see Mike come and in and get the run in, that
was a big at-bat. He hung tough with two strikes. He got the ball
deep enough into right field to score the run, that was a clutch
at-bat," Maddux said.

Chicago added two runs in the eighth on Jose Macias' RBI single
and second baseman Abraham Nunez's run-scoring throwing error.

Pittsburgh has lost seven of eight.

"The fact is we scored four runs this series," McClendon said.
"You're not going to win when you do that. We were fortunate to
get one game here."

Vogelsong allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings.

"It's a good pick me up personally because I've been scuffling
the last couple of weeks. But when it comes down to it the mistakes
I made in the seventh inning lost the game for us, so it's all
about winning games here," Vogelsong said.

Game notes
Cubs 2B Mark Grudzielanek is to start a rehabilitation
assignment Monday at Triple-A Iowa. ... A woman sitting in the
second row was hit in the face by a foul ball hit by Maddux in the
third inning. She left the stands bleeding from the face and was
escorted to first aid by an usher. ... The Cubs placed closer Joe
Borowski on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain
and recalled Jon Leicester from Triple-A Iowa.