Greg Maddux probably became the first pitcher ever to receive a standing ovation while issuing an intentional walk.
Maddux's streak of consecutive innings without a walk ended at 72 1-3 when he purposely threw four balls to Steve Finley on Sunday.
Arizona already led 4-0 in the third inning and had a runner on second base when Atlanta manager Bobby Cox opted to walk Finley.
When catcher Paul Bako stuck out his arm to signal the intentional pass, the fans at Turner Field realized Maddux's streak was over and stood to give him an ovation.
"It never meant that much to me," Maddux said after a 9-1 loss. "Walks are a big part of pitching. You've got good walks and you've got bad walks. That's why the streak doesn't matter."
Maddux, whose string was an NL record, fell short of the major league mark of 84 1-3 set by Bill Fischer of the Kansas City Athletics in 1962.
While Maddux's streak ended, Mark McGwire's amazing run continued.
Big Mac connected for his 575th career home run -- it was his 11th straight hit to clear the fence.
McGwire's last hit that was not a homer was a single on July 18. His streak is the longest of its kind in at least 25 years -- research beyond that does not exist.
"It surprised me like it surprised everyone else," McGwire said after his homer helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat New York 4-1.
In other NL games, Philadelphia defeated Los Angeles 3-2, San Francisco held off Chicago 7-6, Houston beat Florida 10-5, Colorado topped Cincinnati 7-6, Pittsburgh beat San Diego 7-6 and Montreal defeated Milwaukee 5-0.
Arizona tagged Maddux for 12 hits and six runs in six innings. One batter after walking Finley, he also intentionally walked Damian Miller.
"If you pitch better, you don't have to walk anybody," Maddux said. "If I was the manager, I would have walked him, too."
Maddux had gone 289 hitters between walks. During that time, the four-time Cy Young winner threw 639 strikes in 894 pitches.
Cox said he did not hesitate to order the walk.
"You know it's there," Cox said. "But that's never prevented either one of us from doing the right thing and trying to win the game."
Finley knew he was merely a footnote.
"I wouldn't say I was the guy who broke the streak. Bobby Cox broke the streak," he said.
Fischer, now Tampa Bay's pitching coach, found out his record was still safe when Maddux's walk was shown on the scoreboard at Tropicana Field while the Devil Rays played Minnesota.
"The fact that he intentionally walked one, he really didn't walk him. He did it on purpose. He may not have the streak intact, but he still didn't walk anybody," Fischer said.
"It laid dormant for 30 years, and now it popped up. Now it will pop away and nobody will mention it again for maybe 30 years," he said. "I'll have to send him another fax -- 'Good try."'
Diamondbacks 9, Braves 1
Rookie Junior Spivey went 5-for-5 and Arizona finished off a three-game sweep in which it outscored Atlanta 19-2.
The Braves lost their fifth straight game, their worst skid in more than two years. The defeat dropped them one game behind Philadelphia in the NL East.
Albie Lopez won for the first time in four decisions since being traded from Tampa Bay to the NL West leaders.
Cardinals 4, Mets 1
Darryl Kile won his third straight start and St. Louis completed a three-game sweep at Shea Stadium.
McGwire and Albert Pujols hit consecutive home runs in the first inning for the Cardinals.
Before the game, former New York catcher was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.
Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
Rookie Brandon Duckworth pitched seven neat innings, Scott Rolen delivered another clutch hit and Philadelphia took over sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time since July 16.
A crowd of only 21,477 sat through a rainy afternoon at Veterans Stadium to see the Phillies complete a three-game sweep. Los Angeles lost its fourth in a row.
The Phillies finished a 5-1 homestand. Rolen hit in all six games, going .545 (12-for-22) with four homers and seven RBIs.
Giants 7, Cubs 6
Rich Aurilia hit a three-run homer and San Francisco won for the 15th time in 17 games.
Barry Bonds, who hit his 50th home run the previous day, doubled off the top of the left-center field fence at Wrigley Field.
Chicago trailed 7-1 before Sammy Sosa's bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning began a comeback for the NL Central leaders.
Astros 10, Marlins 5
Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, Daryle Ward and Vinny Castilla homered and Houston won at Florida.
The Marlins had not lost a series at Pro Player Stadium since dropping the season opener against Philadelphia.
Preston Wilson, Andy Fox and Mike Redmond homered for Florida. Redmond's sinking liner got past a diving Berkman and rolled to the 434-foot mark, and the slow-footed backup catcher stumbled around the bases on his way to an inside-the-park home run.
Rockies 7, Reds 6
Pinch-hitter Juan Uribe's two-out single capped a five-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted Colorado over Cincinnati at Cinergy Field.
The Rockies got four straight hits with two outs to win. Juan Pierre's two-run single tied it.
Colorado pitcher Denny Neagle homered and doubled.
Expos 5, Brewers 0
Javier Vazquez struck out 11 in seven innings and Montreal beat Milwaukee at Olympic Stadium.
Vazquez gave up four hits, walked none and tied his career high for strikeouts.
Jimmy Haynes (7-15) leads the majors in losses.
Pirates 7, Padres 6
Aramis Ramirez homered in the bottom of the ninth inning and Pittsburgh downed San Diego.
Ramirez connected with one out for his 25th home run. The host Pirates averted a sweep and ended the Padres' three-game winning streak.
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