The Pirates offense managed only six hits, but it was enough. They scraped five runs together with a couople of multi-run innings to support Paul Maholm.
Pittsburgh got to Jake Westbrook early. Jose Tabata singled and Westy walked Neil Walker and Garrett Jones to load the bases with one gone. Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Doumit each had RBI singles. Brendan Ryan’s miscue on a John Bowker batted ball allowed the third run of the inning to score.
After failing to score despite two lead off singles in the second, St. Louis plated one in the third off Maholm. Albert Pujols delivered a two out double to make it 3-1.
In the bottom of the fourth Pittsburgh used an other base on balls to push the lead to five. Ronny Cedeno singled and Andrew McCutchen walked. With two away, Tabata tripled to score both runner.
St. Louis the bases in the top of the fifth but only managed a run on a Pujols ground ball. Maholm retired the last eight St. Louis batters he faced before giving way to Joel Hanrahan in the eighth. St. Louis put two men on against Hanrahan but failed to deliver any runs. Evan Meek pitched the ninth for the save.
I will take that kind of outing from Maholm 20 times a year.
Tabata and Cedeno each had two hits.
Walker made an error.
Westbrook is now 0-2 against Pittsburgh. Maholm is even-steven at 4-4 against St. Louis in thirteen career starts.
Pujols clobbers Maholm and is now 14-24 off him career after having two hits.
This is the first time all year that Pittsburgh has won four straight.