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Pittsburgh at Florida

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Pittsburgh (32-44) «020100000380
Florida (36-41)101000000230

Pirates 3, Marlins 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- A day after celebrating his 25th birthday, Paul Maholm pitched one of his best games of the season.

Maholm pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

"I was getting ahead with everything," Maholm said. "I was mixing my speed. They swing the bats, they're aggressive and I was kind of playing off of that, getting them to hit my pitch and not having to just groove one for them."

Maholm (4-10) gave up a single and walk to the first two batters before settling into a groove. He retired 15 straight batters at one point. He gave up three hits and two runs before leaving in the eighth inning.

"He pitched some good games where he was an unfortunate loser, but from a command standpoint this is what he's capable of," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said.

Shawn Chacon got the final out of the inning before Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Dontrelle Willis (7-7) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. It was his first start since leaving in the first inning with tightness in his left forearm on June 19.

"For me, it might have been his best outing of the year," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He was outstanding."

He suffered his fifth straight loss -- the longest of his career.

"I am throwing the ball good," Willis said. "There is nothing really I can do. Besides the game in Chicago, I am giving up three runs, two runs. I was feeling worse when I was giving up five, six runs in the first month winning games, selfishly."

The Pirates hit four straight singles to begin the second inning including an RBI hit by Jack Wilson scoring Xavier Nady. A sacrifice fly by Rajai Davis scored the recently acquired Josh Phelps to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

Dan Uggla hit his 16th home run in the third inning just inside the left-field foul pole. Uggla's 443-foot solo shot tied the game 2-2 and was his fourth in his last six games.

"This season has been so up and down for me, I am just trying to level it out to where I can be more consistent," Uggla said. "But don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to discourage any of these hot streaks I have been on."

Wilson responded in the top of the fourth with a solo home run to give the Pirates a 3-2 advantage. The home run came on a sinker that Willis left up in the zone.

"With their lineup, they can score a lot of runs," Wilson said. "At that point, it made it 3-2 but Paul just took it over from there and made it his own. It was fun to watch."

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

Notes

Marlins rookie centerfielder Brett Carroll recorded his first career hit at Dolphin Stadium with a single in the first inning. ... Freddy Sanchez went 1-for-4 against Willis and now has a career batting average of .588 (10-for-17) against the left-hander. ... The two teams withstood a heavy rainfall early in the game chasing the fans from their seats avoiding a delay in the game. ... The two-hour and 15-minute game was the second shortest of the season for the Marlins.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

P. Maholm
IP 7.2
H 3
ER 2
BB 1
K 5
Pittsburgh

J. Wilson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Rajai Davis, CF3001001 .182
    Chris Duffy, CF1000000 .249
Jose Bautista, 3B5010012 .269
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5010011 .292
Jason Bay, LF3010111 .270
Xavier Nady, RF4110012 .274
Josh Phelps, 1B2110111 .276
    Adam LaRoche, 1B0000000 .211
Ronny Paulino, C4010003 .227
Jack Wilson, SS4122001 .266
Paul Maholm, P2000123 .148
    Shawn Chacon, P0000000 .300
   a- Nate McLouth, PH1000000 .221
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Totals3438337  
a-popped out for Chacon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Bay (16, Willis)
HR - Jack Wilson (4, Willis)
SF - Rajai Davis (1)
RBI - Rajai Davis (2), Jack Wilson 2 (20)
Team LOB - 9
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (W,4-10) 7.2322151 4.80
Shawn Chacon (H,3) 0.1000000 4.01
Matt Capps (S,6) 1000010 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 95-65, Shawn Chacon 4-2, Matt Capps 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 9-9, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 27, Shawn Chacon 1, Matt Capps 3
Florida Marlins
Brett Carroll, CF3110000 .182
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH-CF1000001 .255
Dan Uggla, 2B3111100 .262
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000011 .316
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3001000 .326
Josh Willingham, LF3000011 .256
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000020 .274
Miguel Olivo, C3000000 .244
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000010 .228
Dontrelle Willis, P2000010 .172
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Wood, PH1010000 .250
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
Totals2923216  
a-popped out for Carroll in the 8th
b-singled for Lindstrom in the 8th
Batting
HR - Dan Uggla (16, Maholm)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (3)
RBI - Dan Uggla (48), Miguel Cabrera (55)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (9)
Team LOB - 2
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (L,7-7) 7733261 4.83
Matt Lindstrom 1000100 3.41
Armando Benitez 1100010 3.49
HBP - Phelps (by Dontrelle Willis)
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 114-74, Matt Lindstrom 15-8, Armando Benitez 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 9-6, Armando Benitez 1-1
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 31, Matt Lindstrom 4, Armando Benitez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 11044
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Tony Randazzo