PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Jason Marquis | Box

Adam LaRoche has visions of a pennant dancing through his head:
The combination of the jump in offensive production and steady pitching has led the Bucs to a 6-2 start to this homestand, and given them some newfound confidence.
"Going off the past, we hadn't been doing so well," LaRoche said. "So you go in thinking, 'Well, if we can win five or six then, we'll be doing OK.' And now, all of a sudden, we've taken off and won, what is it? Four in a row?
"Five tomorrow," he added. "Excuse me."
Paul Maholm had his trademark outing---7 innings, but 8 baserunners and 4 earned runs---the offense cranked out 12 hits, including 2 home runs, and the Pirates slowed down the Cubs, 8-4.
And that's with LaRoche and Jason Bay combining to go 0 for 9 with ...

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