The offense once again did little in support of Maholm

Carlos Carrasco retired 15 of the first 16 hitters he faced and didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning. Guess who started for the Pirates? That's right, the poster boy for poor run support, Paul Maholm. As he has all season, Maholm pitched well enough to win a typical game. But there has been nothing typical about the Pirates offense this season.

The Indians broke out to an early 2-0 lead. Grady Sizemore walked to start the game and went to third on Asdrubal Cabrera's one out single. Carlos Santana lofted a fly ball that knocked in Sizemore. Austin Kearns started the second with a single. He moved to third on consecutive ground ball outs and scored on Sizemore's two out double.

It stayed like that until the sixth. Michael ...

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