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Maddux is denied 300th win

The Phillies got to Greg Maddux. Then so did the heat. And by the time Chicago rallied for a victory yesterday at Wrigley Field, his bid for win No. 300 was already over

."I was pretty much done after the fifth or sixth," said Maddux, whose six-inning stint ended in a no-decision. "I'm just glad we won." \After Maddux left trailing by a run, the Cubs scored four in the seventh to beat Philadelphia, 6-3.

Maddux's next attempt to become the 22d major league pitcher to reach 300 wins probably will come Saturday in San Francisco. The 38-year-old righthander is trying to become the first National League pitcher to reach 300 wins since the Phillies' Steve Carlton in 1983.

On a sticky, 83-degree day, Maddux left after throwing 87 pitches, 25 in the first, when he gave up homers to Jimmy Rollins and Bobby Abreu. Maddux allowed six hits and three runs (two earned).

Maddux hit Marlon Byrd with a pitch to start the fifth, and the Phillies broke a 2-2 tie when Randy Wolf sacrificed before Rollins singled to right. Byrd was going to hold at third, but Sammy Sosa didn't come up with the ball cleanly, an error that allowed Byrd to score for a 3-2 lead.

After the Phillies' early burst, Sosa and Aramis Ramirez got the crowd of 39,032 back into it with consecutive homers off Wolf (4-7) in the second that tied the game at 2. In the seventh, Sosa doubled and, after Ramirez walked, scored on Mark Grudzielanek's tying double to right that finished Wolf.

Reliever Rheal Cormier was greeted by pinch hitter Jose Macias's go-ahead single. Todd Jones then gave up a sacrifice fly to pinch hitter Michael Barrett to make it 5-3, and Nomar Garciaparra finished the scoring with a single to left.

The shortstop, acquired from the Red Sox Saturday, batted second and finished 1 for 4.

Cardinals 6, Giants 1 -- In a matchup of pitchers each seeking their 100th career victory, St. Louis's Woody Williams (8-6) got the better of Jason Schmidt, and Scott Rolen powered the Cardinals in San Francisco with a two-run homer in the first. Williams dominated over 6 1/3 innings for his fifth straight win, allowing five hits and retiring his final 12 batters. Schmidt (13-4) struck out 10 in seven innings.

Braves 6, Mets 5 -- Andruw Jones homered and drove in four runs off former teammate Tom Glavine, and Atlanta finished off a three-game home sweep of New York.Glavine (8-9) lost for the sixth time in eight starts, and fell to 1-5 against Atlanta, where he played the first 16 seasons of his career. In five innings, Glavine gave up six runs on nine hits.

Dodgers 2, Padres 1 -- Pinch hitter Robin Ventura homered in the top of the 12th, helping Los Angeles build its West lead over San Diego to 3 1/2 games.

Astros 7, Reds 5 -- Houston rallied in Cincinnati when Adam Everett's suicide squeeze in the eighth drove in the go-ahead run.

Rockies 10, Diamondbacks 2 -- At Denver, Jeromy Burnitz drove in four runs with a pair of homers to back Aaron Cook (6-4) as Colorado completed a three-game sweep of Arizona.

Brewers 8, Pirates 7 -- Bill Hall's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted Milwaukee after Pittsburgh rallied from a two-run deficit.. . .
The Expos led the Marlins, 2-0, with one out in the fourth when rain interrupted play in Miami. After a delay of 1 hour 18 minutes, umpires called the game, which will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sept. 14.