Greg Maddux became the ninth pitcher in big league history to win 350 games, reaching the plateau in his fifth try and leading the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. He allowed an unearned run and three hits in six innings. The 42-year-old Maddux (3-3) improved to 350-217 in 23 big league seasons.
Daisuke Matsuzaka had a pitch slip out of his hand in the third inning and land about five feet from the mound before rolling to the plate, one of the few things he did wrong in Boston's 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Matsuzaka (6-0) remained undefeated, giving up two runs and six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts.
THIS DATE IN BASEBALL
1955 Sam "Toothpick" Jones of the Cubs got a no-hitter the hard way. In the ninth inning against Pittsburgh, he walked the bases full and then struck out the next three batters for a 4-0 victory.
1966 Lou Brock's RBI single in the 12th inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over Atlanta in the opening of Busch Memorial Stadium. Felipe Alou hit two home runs for the Braves.
1970 Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run off Pat Jarvis in Chicago's 4-3 victory over Atlanta at Wrigley Field.