Maholm gave up four runs in the first.
St. Louis hit a pair of two run homers in the first inning and held on to win the opener of the weekend series 6-4. Paul Maholm was touched by both Albert Pujols and David Freese in the first. Two Pirate rallies were stunted by base running errors.
Pujols' dinger came with John Jay aboard after a triple and one out. With two out Lance Berkman double and scored on Freese's blast.
Pittsburgh put together four straight two out hits off of Chris Carpenter in the second to get two of those runs back. Garrett Jones doubled. Ronny Cedeno singled him in. Michael McKenry singled and moved Cedeno to second. Maholm contributed a hit that scored Cedeno. As Cedeno was scoring, McKenry attempted to go to third and was tagged out in a run down.
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