None shall pass
Maddux wins 15th, runs walkless streak to 70 1/3 innings
Updated: Wednesday August 08, 2001 9:05 AM
ATLANTA (AP) -- Greg Maddux wasn't at his sharpest but had enough control to set the National League record for consecutive innings without a walk.
He was more impressed that his Atlanta teammates rallied for a 6-5 win Tuesday night after the Houston Astros erased the Braves' two-run lead.
"You want to talk about the streak -- I'm more proud of the fact that I've only lost, I think, one game since May 30," Maddux said. "I also feel like there's games I've won because I've walked someone. And it's not fair to the other 24 guys on this team if you're out there trying not to walk someone."
Maddux (15-6) pitched six innings to extend his streak without a walk to 70 1/3 innings, surpassing the record of 68 set by Christy Mathewson in 1913 and matched by Randy Jones in 1976. Bill Fischer holds the major league record with 84 1/3 consecutive innings set in 1962.
"The streak's nice, but it's important that it doesn't interfere with what we're trying to do, which is win," Maddux said. "I thought I pitched real good, except for the fourth, when they did a real good job of hitting."
Brian Jordan and Marcus Giles homered as the Braves beat the Astros for the seventh consecutive time at Turner Field to remain three games ahead of Philadelphia, a 7-3 winner against San Diego, in the NL East.
"I'm a long way from being 100 percent," said Jordan, who was out of the lineup for six games with a sprained knee and ankle. "But it's always nice to get back and contribute."
Houston, which had won four in a row, dropped 2 1/2 games behind Chicago, which beat Colorado 5-4, in the NL Central.
Maddux allowed five runs -- four earned -- and 11 hits in six innings. He won without his best stuff, thanks to Giles' third homer, a three-run shot off Nelson Cruz (2-2) that gave the Braves a 6-5 lead in the sixth.
"I'm settling in," Karsay said. "Being on this club makes it easier on you. That's for sure. It's a lot of fun to just sit and watch guys like Maddux work."
Maddux improved to 11-1 in his last 13 starts and hasn't walked a batter since June 20 against Florida. He allowed more hits in just one start this season, when he gave up 12 in a 7-1 loss at San Diego on May 8.
The four-time Cy Young Award winner had his ERA rise 12 points to 2.68. Maddux has given up 17 hits and eight runs -- seven earned -- in his past 12 innings.
"That was the third game in a row we got a lot of hits off him but still didn't beat him," Astros manager Larry Dierker said. "He may keep his streak going indefinitely if they keep calling pitches around the ankle strikes."
Astros starter Dave Mlicki allowed four hits, three walks, three runs and struck out one in five innings.
"I walked too many guys," Mlicki said. "I was a little erratic. I made some pitches I shouldn't have made to get out of jams. I was inconsistent."
Jordan's 17th homer, a two-run shot in the third, gave Atlanta a 3-1 lead.
Notes: Maddux reacted angrily after Mlicki hit him in the left arm with a pitch in the fourth. Maddux was attempting to sacrifice Sanchez to second. Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds warned both dugouts after the pitch. ... Jordan, out of the lineup for the last six games with a sprained left knee and ankle, went 2-for-4. ... RHP Pedro Astacio will miss his scheduled start for Houston on Wednesday with a mild sprain in his right triceps.