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CHICAGO -- Paul Maholm pitched well enough to win. He just didn't go deep enough into the game to lock it down.
"We had the game and let it get away from us," Maholm said. "But you know what? I'll hand the ball to Meek every time. Everybody is going to have bad outings."
The Cubs trailed by three before scoring five time in the bottom of the eighth to pull out the 5-3 victory Saturday at Wrigley Field.
Chicago broke through as Meek (0-1) walked pinch-hitter Kosuke Fukudome and threw a wild pitch before Starlin Castro hit an RBI double to make it 3-1. Lyle Overbay then misplayed Marlon Byrd's grounder for an error as Castro scored to make it 3-2. Alfonso Soriano tied it with an RBI single and then Blake DeWitt hit a go-ahead two-run double off Resop.
Meek said a mix of poor pitch selection and a lack of command contributed to the meltdown. Of the five runs he was charged with, three were unearned.
"When you go out there and walk the leadoff guy, it's never a good sign," Meek said.
"I go out there every day expecting to get three outs and get them quickly. ... It's a very confident feeling, so going out there and not doing my job and not making the pitches, walking the leadoff guy, that weighs on you hard. Your team got three runs on the board, your starter did a great job and you're expected to get three outs. It just wasn't a good day for me."
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle saw the loss as a learning experience for his young club, adding now the important thing is to win the series. Pittsburgh captured the season opener 6-3 Friday.
"We had shots, just didn't get it done," Hurdle said. "We didn't put a ballgame away. We've got to do that."
Zambrano walked two in the top of the first before Pedro Alvarez pulled a two-out RBI single to right to give the Pirates an early 1-0 lead.
Neil Walker, who'd hit a grand slam in Pittsburgh's win Friday, had an RBI double in the third after Jose Tabata reached on an infield single. After Andrew McCutchen walked to put runners at first and second with no outs, Zambrano averted a big inning. He struck out Overbay and then raced to cover first and complete a double play that was started by first baseman Carlos Pena on Alvarez's broken-bat grounder.
And Maholm kept the Cubs off balance. He retired the first eight batters.
"Am I happy that I got through 6 2-3 with no runs? Yeah, but we ended up losing. I'm not the happiest camper right now. It's one of 34 or 35 starts," Maholm said.
"We'll build and see where we're at."
|Blake DeWitt, in a pinch-hitting role, delivers a two-out, two-run double to cap a five-run eighth for Chicago. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jose Tabata, LF||2||2||1||0||1||1||1||.333|
|Neil Walker, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||3||3||.375|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.286|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.143|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.125|
|Ryan Doumit, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.143|
|Garrett Jones, RF||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.167|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.000|
|Paul Maholm, P||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Evan Meek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Resop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Neil Walker (2, Zambrano)|
|HR - Garrett Jones (1, Zambrano)|
|SH - Jose Tabata (1)|
|RBI - Neil Walker (5), Pedro Alvarez (1), Garrett Jones (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez (1)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Maholm-Walker-Overbay|
|E - Lyle Overbay (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jose Veras (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Evan Meek (BS,1; L,0-1)||0.2||3||5||2||1||0||0||10.80|
|WP - Paul Maholm (1), Evan Meek (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 92-63, Jose Veras 4-3, Evan Meek 29-20, Chris Resop 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 9-7, Evan Meek 1-2, Chris Resop 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 26, Jose Veras 1, Evan Meek 7, Chris Resop 3|
|Jeff Baker, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|a- Kosuke Fukudome, PH-RF||1||1||0||0||1||0||2||.400|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.556|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||1||0||0||0||0||2||.111|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.250|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.167|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.125|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Colvin, RF-LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.250|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.500|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Reed Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Blake DeWitt, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.500|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a-walked for Baker in the 8th|
|b-popped out for Wood in the 7th|
|c-doubled for Marshall in the 8th|
|2B - Jeff Baker (1, Maholm), Starlin Castro (1, Meek), Carlos Zambrano (1, Maholm), Blake DeWitt (1, Resop)|
|RBI - Starlin Castro (1), Alfonso Soriano (1), Blake DeWitt 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (1), Blake DeWitt 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Pena-Castro-Zambrano|
|Sean Marshall (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Carlos Marmol (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 95-59, Kerry Wood 21-13, Sean Marshall 16-9, Carlos Marmol 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 5-8, Kerry Wood 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 25, Kerry Wood 4, Sean Marshall 3, Carlos Marmol 3|
|Attendance - 35782|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 46|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tom Hallion|