Maholm continues to receive little run support.

Rick Porcello allowed just one hit through eight innings. The Pirates once again struggled to get some runs for Paul Maholm. In the end, the Pirates were unable to sweep Detroit and fell two games below .500.

Detroit got on the board in the second. Victor Martinez walked. Consecutive two out singles from Brandon Inge and Chris Wells scored Martinez. In the fourth Jhonny Peralta homered to make it 2-0.

The Pirates didn't get a hit off Porcello until Ronny Cedeno doubled leading off the seventh. Pinch hitter Xavier Paul dropped down a successful sac bunt. Andrew McCutchen walked and it appeared the Pirates might be in business. But Jose Tabata bounced into an inning ending double play.

The Pirates other shot at scoring came in the n...

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