Maholm allowed one run in 5.1 innings tonight.

If you're looking for signs of life from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and wondering if this team is a true contender, tonight would be a great game to make your case.  The Pirates took on the Boston Red Sox, owners of the best record in the American League, and won 3-1 on a great team effort.  The pitching staff struggled at times, but came up with the big outs each time.  The offense didn't capitalize on all of the major scoring opportunities they were faced with, but managed just enough runs to give the Pirates the win.  And Joel Hanrahan...well, let's just say a two run lead was a very comfortable situation with the way he's been pitching this year.

Starting pitcher Paul Maholm got in to some tight spots throughout his five innings, althou...

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