Cubs lose 11-3; Maddux earns career win No. 339.

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All was calm at Wrigley Field on Sunday.

There were no fights in the dugout or on the field. No one was hit with a pitch. No managers kicked dirt on umpires. No fans tried to reach out and interfere with a ball in play. You know, the usual stuff that had been going on at the old park since June began.

All was unusually calm as ex-Cub and likely future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux earned career win No. 339 and the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Cameron and Khalil Greene combined for 10 RBI, nine hits, eight runs and four of the Padres’ five homers in an 11-3 whipping of the North Siders in front of a Father’s Day crowd of 40,964.

All was calm after the game, as several Cubs players relaxed with their wives and children on blankets and had a picnic on the field as part of a family day.

Some might argue the Cubs looked too relaxed DURING the game.

Or was it that they were tired?

The North Siders (31-37) on Sunday completed a 17-day stretch without a day off, and in the final two games of that run - both losses - they totaled just three runs on 11 hits. But they weren’t using that as an excuse.

“I don’t feel like that’s a big issue,” losing pitcher Rich Hill said. “A day off is nice, but we’re in good enough condition to play 50 in a row. I don’t think that has anything to do with it.

“I made terrible pitches, and that’s why we lost.”

Hill (5-5) had his shortest outing of the season, giving up five runs in three innings. In his first 13 starts of the season, he had gone five or more innings all 13 times and six or more 12 times. He surrendered two homers Sunday to Cameron and one to Gonzalez (4-for-5).

Cubs manager Lou Piniella thinks the Padres discovered that Hill, a left-hander, is tipping his pitches. Hill has allowed 10 runs and seven homers to the Padres over nine innings in two starts against them this year, including four homers to Cameron.

“I think everything felt the same - it’s just the ball was coming off the bat a little differently,” Hill said. “It’s disappointing. It’s a tough one to swallow, but we’ll try to figure out things between this start and the next start and get back on track. San Diego’s given me some problems this year.”

Jacque Jones, making a rare start in right for the Cubs, had two doubles, and Derrek Lee had two hits, including a triple.

The 41-year-old Maddux (6-3), meanwhile, improved to 12-3 lifetime against the Cubs. He allowed three runs in six innings and was more than pleased with the run support, having left with a 9-3 lead.

“We scored a lot of runs today - everybody was hitting the ball out of the park,” Maddux said. “It was just one of those days when you are lucky it’s your day to pitch.

“Sometimes it’s not how you pitch - it’s when you pitch.”

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