Atlanta 9, Pittsburgh 2

Sept. 6, 2003 at 10:42 PM

ATLANTA, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Greg Maddux continued to rewrite pitching history Saturday, throwing just 16 balls in 7 1/3 innings as Atlanta cruised to a 9-2 victory over Pittsburgh.

Maddux (14-10) notched his 287th career win, moving ahead of Robin Roberts and tying Bert Blyleven for 24th on the all-time list. The righthander is one win behind Tommy John.

Maddux has won at least 14 games in 16 straight seasons, becoming just the third pitcher in major league history to turn the trick. He joined former Brave Spahn (1947-63) and Eddie Plank (1901-16), who had runs of 17 years with at least 14 wins.

A four-time Cy Young Award winner, Maddux needs one more win to join Young in very exclusive company. The workhorse from baseball's dead-ball era is the only pitcher to win 15 games in 15 straight seasons.

Maddux gave up two runs -- one earned -- and eight hits.

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