SAN DIEGO (AP) -
has felt comfortable ever since his brief trip to the minors.
Francoeur came through with a tiebreaking broken bat single with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to help the
San Diego Padres
4-1 Saturday night and extend
's winless skid to 12 starts.
Francoeur, who was sent down to Double-A Mississippi on July 4th and recalled July 7, singled just out of the reach of diving
, and Jones and Teixeira scored.
''I've felt very relaxed these last four games I've been up here,'' said Francoeur. ''I've had a lot of fun. It's a lot more
fun when you do stuff like that. If I have a few more games like that, things will start to turn around.''
Francoeur was hitting .198 with runners in scoring position before being sent down and was 2-for-20 with the bases loaded
before his clutch hit.
''It felt good,'' Francoeur said. ''I know how bad I've struggled with the bases loaded this year. To be able to come up and
get a nice knock and then come back and do that ... The way our pitching pitched tonight, I knew it was pretty much game over
Maddux (3-8), who won his 350th game on May 10, is one start short of his longest winless drought, which was a 13-start stretch
from May 11-July 14, 1990, with the
. He is 0-5 with seven no decisions during his current winless streak with an ERA of 4.11.
Maddux, who became the oldest pitcher to ever steal a base in the third inning, allowed just three hits over the first five
innings and retired the first two batters in the sixth. But
lined his second single of the night to left and
singled to center before
drew his second of three walks from Maddux loading he bases.
''It was a good pitch,'' said Maddux of his pitch to Francoeur on an 0-and-1 count. ''Chipper hit a good pitch, Tex hit a
good pitch. I pitched around McCann and Francoeur got it''
Maddux pitched seven innings allowing six hits, three earned runs. He walked two, struck out three and hit a batter,
(2-2), picked up the victory for the Braves pitching 5 1-3 innings and allowing four hits and a run.
finished the sixth and
pitched two hitless innings before
picked up his third save in three opportunities this season and his 33rd straight save over parts of five seasons.
''Maddux was the same old Maddux,'' said Braves manager
. ''He can carve you up as good as anybody in baseball. This West coast swing, with Arizona, Los Angeles, San Diego - and
we haven't even seen the Giants yet - you face a real outstanding pitcher every night. There's not an easy mark on any team
on the entire West coast.''
While Maddux didn't get the victory, he did make history as he stole his first base of the season in the third. In doing so
he became the oldest pitcher in big league history to steal a base at 42 years and 89 days.
had the previous mark. It was Maddux's 11th stolen base of his career.
''They weren't holding me on,'' said Maddux. ''I was trying to make something happen. We haven't been scoring runs. If I get
thrown out there anyway what's the big deal, we have our leadoff guy up next inning.''
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the third.
doubled down the right-field line. He moved to third on a sacrifice by Morton and scored on
's sacrifice fly to center.
The Padres tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.
walked leading off the inning and came around to score on a double by
to the gap in left-center.
Lillibridge, a 24-year-old rookie, hit his first major league home run in the top of the ninth off reliever
Notes:The Padres honored members of the 1998 National League championship team prior to the game. Among the players returning
for the ceremonies included former Padres Hall of Famer
and current uniformed Padres closer
and batting coach
. The Padres beat the Braves, 4 games to 2 in the NLCS before losing to the Yankees in the 1998 World Series.