Maholm, McLouth Power Pirates Past Philly

Pittsburgh avoids series sweep
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 5:52 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Pirates' Jose Bautista (19) is out as Philadelphia Phillies' Carlos Ruiz, center, blocks the plate after receiving the throw from center fielder Jayson Werth on Sunday April 27, 2008.   (AP Photo/Don Wright)
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(Newser) – Paul Maholm tossed a two-hitter, Nate McLouth hit two home runs and Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia 5-1 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. Maholm (2-2) walked four and struck out two in his third career complete game. He improved to 2-0 in three starts at PNC Park this season and has allowed just two runs in 20 1/3 innings there.

Both of Philadelphia's hits came in the fifth inning. Pat Burrell doubled with one out and scored on Eric Bruntlett's single to center. McLouth led off the first with a home run against Brett Myers and later added a two-run shot in the fifth. McLouth has six homers this season, including three in the past two games.