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Tigers 2, Pirates 0: Rick Porcello Shuts Down Bucs As Paul Maholm's Run-Support Woes Continue

The Pirates got another good outing from Paul Maholm, but yet again it went to waste, as the Bucs failed to hit against Rick Porcello. Porcello had a no-hitter through five and only allowed one hit in eight innings, while striking out three and walking two. (Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for the Tigers and allowed one hit.)

The Pirates had a great chance in the sixth when Ronny Cedeno led off with a double. Xavier Paul sacrificed Cedeno to third (which was unfortunate, given that it was a two-run game) and Andrew McCutchen walked to put runners on first and third, but Jose Tabata hit into a tailor-made double play to end the threat. 

Maholm went 5.1 innings, striking out five and walking two; he allowed only an RBI single by Casper Wells and a solo homer by Jhonny Peralta. The Bucs then got great work from their relievers, particularly Daniel McCutchen, who struck out four batters in two innings and now has a 0.44 ERA. But it wasn't enough, as the Bucs continue to fail to score with Maholm on the mound.

Oh well. Two out of three against the Tigers isn't bad. The Bucs begin a two-game home series against the Braves on Tuesday.