Cincinnati Reds

Reds leave Maddux empty again

CINCINNATI — Greg Maddux has never gone so long without a win.

The 350-game winner had another teasing day on the mound Wednesday, watching his lead vanish one pitch after he left the game. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer that put Cincinnati ahead, and Adam Dunn added a grand slam that let the Reds pull away to a 9-5 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Again, nothing to show for Maddux.

“I appreciate the fact that I'm still playing,” the 42-year-old pitcher said. “I appreciate the fact that I still play good enough to win. I haven't won, but I feel like I've been playing (good). And I do appreciate that.”

He hasn't won since May 10, going 14 starts without a victory. He was thwarted again on Wednesday with an assist by the Padres' defense and bullpen.

Maddux left the game with a 3-2 lead in the sixth after giving up an unearned run set up by a fielding error. Encarnacion hit the first pitch by Cla Meredith (0-3) for a two-run homer to put the Reds ahead, dooming Maddux to another empty outing. He's 0-5 with nine no-decisions and a 4.54 ERA since his last victory.

While Maddux took it with equanimity, those around him regretted that they weren't more helpful.

“I don't know how many synonyms there are for frustrating,” Manager Bud Black said. “I'm sure there's a few. But he's pitched great. He plays the game. It's just unfortunate that we dropped the ball that leads to three runs.”

Bronson Arroyo (9-7) won his fifth consecutive start by holding the Padres to three runs in seven innings. It's the longest consecutive-win streak by a Cincinnati pitcher since Steve Parris won seven in a row in 2000.

San Diego loaded the bases off Todd Coffey in the ninth. Struggling closer Francisco Cordero came on and walked Jody Gerut to force in a run with two outs, then retired pinch-hitter Scott Hairston on a fly ball to the edge of the warning track in left field for his 21st save in 27 chances.

The Reds hit three homers in all, including Dunn's eighth career grand slam in the seventh inning off left-hander Joe Thatcher that made it 9-3.

Javier Valentin had a single and a solo homer, leaving him 11-for-28 in his career with five homers off Maddux.

“I don't know, maybe it's magic,” Valentin said. “I just let him pitch. We've got a lot of young guys who like to swing the bat. They're free swingers, but with a pitcher like that, you've got to let him pitch. I know sooner or later, I'm going to get a pitch to hit, and you can't miss it.”

Still, the right-hander was on track to get his breakthrough win until the defense let him down. Maddux caught Brandon Phillips straying too far off second base with one out in the sixth, but shortstop Khalil Greene dropped the ball during a rundown, allowing Phillips to take third.

When Dunn followed with a run-scoring single, Maddux was finished and the Reds were delighted.

“He was pitching masterfully,” Manager Dusty Baker said. “That was the Maddux I know — low pitch count, nothing but squibbers, and nothing up.”

Fogg will miss next start

Josh Fogg will miss his next scheduled start for the Reds because of a split upper lip, suffered when he was hit in the face during batting practice.

The right-hander chipped a tooth and needed 30 stitches to close the wound on Tuesday night. He was playing catch in the outfield when he was hit by Joey Votto's batted ball. The lip was badly swollen on Wednesday morning.

“I feel good, other than the fact that my face is blown up,” Fogg said.

Fogg was scheduled to start on Friday against Colorado. Instead, Edinson Volquez will take his spot.

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