Maholm wins 5th start in row, Cubs beat Pirates
Pirates have first back-to-back losses since May
PITTSBURGH —Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings on Tuesday night to win his fifth straight start and lead the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1.
Moments after the final out, the contending Pirates announced they had acquired pitcher Wandy Rodriguez in a trade with Houston.
Maholm gave up one run and four hits in handing Pittsburgh its first back-to-back home losses since May 22-23. He struck out seven and walked one.
Maholm has allowed just four earned runs in 38 1-3 innings during his winning streak. The left-hander spent his first seven seasons with the Pirates before signing with the Cubs as a free agent last winter.
Starlin Castro and Alfonso Soriano each homered off James McDonald (10-4), who had his career-high five games winning streak snapped.