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Maholm solid as Pirates hand slumping White Sox another loss

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm wasn't convinced he would make it out of the first inning Friday night, things were going so poorly.

Then again, things have been going so poorly for the White Sox that Maholm shouldn't have been concerned.

Maholm loaded the bases in the first and gave up a run, before shutting down Chicago over the next six innings in a 4-2 victory.

"After the first few batters, I didn't know how long I was going to be in there, because it was just one of those things where the stuff wasn't going where I wanted it to," Maholm said. "For some reason, it just clicked, and I went from there."

Maholm (3-8) scattered eight baserunners while throwing 108 pitches -- he allowed three hits, walked three batters and hit two -- as the Pirates won for only the fourth time in his 14 starts this season.

Jose Bautista and Xavier Nady each drove in two runs for the Pirates, who have won three of four during a six-game interleague homestand. Chicago has lost nine of its last 10.

"It was a very well-pitched game by Paul Maholm," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. "He had some trouble locating and settling in, but he did a nice job in the first inning where they got just the run, and once he got himself going I think the big key was the sinker and the location of it."

After two walks and a Jermaine Dye single to left, A.J. Pierzynski's sacrifice fly to center scored Andy Gonzalez in the first. Maholm dazzled after that to win for the first time in six decisions.

"I was happy when I came out after the first having only given up one run, because it could have been a lot worse," said Maholm, whose only other win at home this season came April 24. "I told myself when I got into the dugout that that was all they were getting."

Shawn Chacon, in his first outing since being removed from the starting rotation after a poor start Sunday at Yankee Stadium, pitched a perfect eighth for the Pirates.

Matt Capps loaded the bases in the ninth, then walked Alex Cintron to score Pierzynski and make it 4-2. But Capps got Gonzalez to ground out for his fourth save.

"It definitely wasn't the best I ever felt, walking two guys and hitting a guy, but I got through it and we got the win," said Capps, who had only unintentionally walked two batters in 36 2/3 innings entering the contest.

Josh Fields had two hits for Chicago, which has lost four in a row and 16 of 19, and has scored only 26 runs in its past 10 games.

"That's the way were going right now," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's kind of getting old seeing this day-in and day-out."

The Pirates took the lead for good in the bottom of the first with three consecutive two-out hits off White Sox starter Jon Garland (4-4). Nady's double scored Jason Bay and Adam LaRoche.

"It was good to bounce back quick from the deficit, even if it was a (small) deficit," Bautista said. "We got on top of them and never let go."

Pittsburgh made it 3-1 in the second when Bautista singled home Jack Wilson. Two innings later, Wilson led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Maholm. He later scored on a single by Bautista, who has 10 hits and nine RBI in his past six games.

"I'm seeing the ball well, just trying to put the barrel on the ball as much as possible," Bautista said. "I happened to manage to do it twice tonight and at the right time."

Garland allowed four runs on 11 hits while striking out four and walking none. He has won only one of his past five starts.

"It's kind of been the story all season," Garland said. "It's no secret we're not hitting the ball well right now -- it hasn't been a secret all year long. All you can do is keep coming to the yard and keep putting in the time, keep putting in the effort, and hopefully sooner or later it turns around."

Notes

  • Pittsburgh OF Chris Duffy left the game after five innings due to a right hamstring sprain. He was replaced in center field by Nate McLouth.
  • Pirates 2B Freddy Sanchez did not play due to flu-like symptoms.
  • Chicago leads the all-time series with Pittsburgh 8-7, but the Pirates have won five of the nine games played at PNC Park.
  • Pittsburgh has won the first game in 12 of the past 16 series.
 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

P. Maholm
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 6
Pittsburgh

X. Nady
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago White Sox
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4000022 .246
    Dewon Day, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Jenks, P0000000 .000
   a- Alex Cintron, PH0001100 .221
Andy Gonzalez, LF-2B4100114 .167
Paul Konerko, 1B3000100 .241
Jermaine Dye, RF4010010 .227
A.J. Pierzynski, C2111000 .240
Luis Terrero, CF1000101 .250
Juan Uribe, SS3000014 .206
   b- Jim Thome, PH1000012 .288
Josh Fields, 3B4020012 .200
Jon Garland, P0000000 .000
   c- Rob Mackowiak, PH-LF1000110 .221
Totals2724258  
a-walked for Jenks in the 9th
b-struck out for Uribe in the 9th
c-struck out for Garland in the 7th
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (9, Capps)
SF - A.J. Pierzynski (2)
SH - Jon Garland 2 (2)
RBI - Alex Cintron (5), A.J. Pierzynski (23)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Cintron (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Konerko-Uribe-Garland, Gonzalez-Uribe-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (L,4-4) 61144040 3.59
Dewon Day 1.1000010 5.19
Bobby Jenks 0.2100000 2.52
HBP - Castillo (by Dewon Day)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 96-67, Dewon Day 18-9, Bobby Jenks 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 10-3, Dewon Day 2-1, Bobby Jenks 1-0
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 28, Dewon Day 5, Bobby Jenks 2
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Bautista, 3B4022011 .279
Chris Duffy, CF3010001 .248
    Nate McLouth, CF1000000 .227
Jason Bay, LF4110033 .280
Adam LaRoche, 1B4110000 .214
Xavier Nady, RF4022000 .287
Jose Castillo, 2B3010012 .269
Ronny Paulino, C4010002 .216
Jack Wilson, SS4220001 .255
Paul Maholm, P2010001 .160
    Shawn Chacon, P0000000 .300
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Totals33412405  
Batting
2B - Xavier Nady (10, Garland), Jose Castillo (6, Garland), Jack Wilson (13, Garland)
SH - Paul Maholm (1)
RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (21), Xavier Nady 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (8), Xavier Nady 2 (23)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Castillo-J. Wilson-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (W,3-9) 7311360 5.00
Shawn Chacon (H,2) 1000000 4.17
Matt Capps (S,4) 1111220 2.87
HBP - Terrero (by Paul Maholm), Pierzynski (by Paul Maholm), Terrero (by Matt Capps)
WP - Paul Maholm (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 108-69, Shawn Chacon 6-6, Matt Capps 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 9-5, Shawn Chacon 2-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 28, Shawn Chacon 3, Matt Capps 7
Game Information
Attendance - 26647
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Mike Reilly