September 21, 2003
(Atlanta-AP) -- Greg Maddux became the first pitcher in major league history to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Florida Marlins 8-to-0 today.
Maddux (15-11) had shared the record of winning 15 or more games in 15 straight seasons with Cy Young. Maddux allowed only one hit in five scoreless innings to earn his 288th career victory.
Maddux was struck on the right ankle by a hard grounder off the bat of Juan Pierre for the final out of the third inning. The right-hander had the bruised ankle taped in the bottom of the inning, then went out and retired the Marlins in order in the fourth and fifth innings. Chipper Jones hit his 27th homer and drove in four runs for the Braves.
Braves third baseman Vinny Castilla left the game in the sixth inning when a grounder by Alex Gonzalez struck the middle finger of his right hand. X-rays were negative and he was listed as day-to-day.
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