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Venue: Rogers Centre
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have finally ended their long interleague road losing streak. Winning against an AL team on the road with Paul Maholm on the mound could continue to be a challenge.

Maholm has never won an interleague road outing while the Toronto Blue Jays have never lost one at home with Brandon Morrow starting as these teams continue their three-game set Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh (40-38) ended its 13-game interleague road losing streak by holding on for a 7-6 victory Tuesday. The Pirates built a 6-1 lead in the fourth inning before the Blue Jays hit three of their four homers in a comeback that fell short.

"I don't think I've ever been in a game where I was up 6-1 and when it was over I feel like we stole a win," manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's how I feel. I don't know if that's accurate or appropriate, but that's how I feel."

Pittsburgh was outscored 81-30 during its interleague road losing streak since an 8-2 victory at Minnesota on June 17, 2009.

Maholm (4-8, 3.21 ERA) has been on the end of some of those losses. He's 0-6 with a 6.60 ERA in 10 starts in AL parks, with the Pirates winning one of them.

The left-hander, however, ended a personal four-game losing streak his last time out by limiting Boston to one run over 5 1-3 innings in Friday's 3-1 home win. He labored through 103 pitches with 54 strikes.

"Paul did a very, very professional job managing traffic through the five-plus innings he was out there," Hurdle said.

Toronto (39-41) has fared well against southpaws, going 12-8.

The Blue Jays have also won Morrow's three career interleague home starts. Morrow (3-4, 4.90) is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in those outings.

Toronto has won the right-hander's last five interleague starts, although Morrow did not get a decision Friday when he allowed four runs over seven innings in a 5-4 victory over St. Louis.

He'll get his first look at Alex Presley, who hit his first career homer and drove in three runs in his season debut with Pittsburgh after being recalled from the minors Monday.

"You can't ask for much more out of a kid than to bring him up to the big leagues and three RBIs in the leadoff spot in his first game back," Hurdle said. "He made his presence felt."

Toronto's four homers were its highest total since also hitting four opening day against Minnesota. Edwin Encarnacion went deep twice and Jose Bautista and Corey Patterson also homered.

Tuesday's game marked Bautista's first at third base. The slugger is tied for the major league lead with 24 homers, and was happy the Blue Jays asked him for his permission to make the change as the club looks to get more offense around him in their lineup.

"If this is how they feel that the team is going to have the best nine out on the field, then I'll do it," he told the Blue Jays' official website.

Joel Hanrahan worked the ninth inning Tuesday for his 23rd save in 23 opportunities for the Pirates.

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Probable Starters

Paul Maholm, LHP
2011 stats
101.0 Innings Pitched 68.0
4-8 Wins-Losses 3-4
3.21 Earned Run Average 4.90
37 Walks 27
63 Strikeouts 81
94 Pitches Per Start 99
Career vs. opponent
7.0 Innings Pitched -
1-0 Wins-Losses ---
3.86 Earned Run Average -

Brandon Morrow, RHP
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Pittsburgh2nd NL Central5749.53817-3 W 3
Toronto2nd AL East5850.5372 ½ 8-2 W 4
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Brandon Morrow
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Wood31001.333
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Fryer000000
Hanrahan000000
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Paul Maholm
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Escobar104002.400
Encarnacion3313065.394
Davis41000.250
Patterson61100.167
Bautista000000
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Pittsburgh 155 Toronto -165
Injuries
Pittsburgh
PlayerInjury
C. BarmesGroin
G. ColeLat
S. MarteHead
T. SniderHamstring
Toronto
PlayerInjury
E. EncarnacionQuadriceps
C. GillespieRib
M. IzturisKnee
B. LawrieFinger
A. LindFoot
B. MorrowFinger
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 25TORBOS 8-1Peavy Buehrle 
Apr 26TORBOS 7-6Buchholz Morrow 
Apr 27TORTOR 7-1Dickey Lester 
May 20BOSTOR 7-4Happ Doubront 
May 21BOSTOR 6-4Hutchison Buchholz 
May 22BOSTOR 7-2Buehrle Lester 
Jul 21TORBOS 14-1Lackey Hutchison 
Jul 22TORTOR 7-3Happ Peavy 
Jul 23TORTOR 6-4Dickey Buchholz 
Jul 24TORTOR 8-0Stroman De La Rosa 
Jul 28BOSTOR 14-1Dickey Buchholz 
Jul 29BOSTOR 4-2Stroman De La Rosa 
Jul 30BOS 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 25TOR 7:07 PM EDT  
Aug 26TOR 7:07 PM EDT  
Aug 27TOR 7:07 PM EDT  
Sep 5BOS 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 6BOS 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 7BOS 1:35 PM EDT