Maholm struck out 8 to get his sixth win

Paul Maholm pitched into the eighth and allowed just one run while Andrew McCutchen paced the offense with a three run homer and a total of five runs driven in. The Pirates cruise into the All-Star break with a 47-43 record.

Ramon Ortiz scuffled all day and it started in the first inning. Alex Presley singled and went to third on a double from Neil Walker. McCutchen's first RBI came in the form of a sac fly and it was 1-0 Pirates. The third inning would put the Pirates in a comfortable position. It began with a walk to Maholm. Presley singled again and Walker doubled again to produce one run. McCutchen delivered a three run homer on the second pitch of his at bat.

Maholm didn't allow a hit until Reed Johnson doubled to start the top o...

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