Cubs 4, Dodgers 1

By Times Staff
Published April 18, 2006

LOS ANGELES - Greg Maddux looks fabulous at 40.

Maddux threw eight innings of three-hit ball to lead Chicago in his first start since his landmark birthday.

Off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1994, Maddux struck out six and didn't walk a batter in a game that lasted just under two hours. He allowed three hits and a run in six innings in his previous start Wednesday, getting a win over the Reds two days before he turned 40.

One of the fastest working pitchers in the majors, Maddux ripped through the Dodgers in quick succession, retiring the first nine he faced before giving up a leadoff single to Rafael Furcal in the fourth. He also retired the side in the sixth, seventh and eighth.

Ryan Dempster pitched the ninth for his third save.

Maddux, a four-time Cy Young Award winner, helped himself with his first hit of the season in the fifth, when the Cubs scored three runs and took a 4-0 lead.

NOTABLE: Maddux is the first 40-year-old Cubs pitcher to appear in a game since Ferguson Jenkins made a relief appearance against Pittsburgh on Sept.21, 1983, at the same age.