Maholm wins 5th start in row, Cubs beat Pirates

Pirates have first back-to-back losses since May
Maholm wins 5th start in row, Cubs beat Pirates

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.