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Luebke came in having lost his previous three starts. He allowed five hits and no walks.

“We got ahead tonight,” Luebke said, “and with me and (Johnson) on the same page all night, when you get that kind of flow with your catcher, it just makes things easier for everybody.”

Maholm (6-12) gave up a season-high seven earned runs and tied a season high for hits allowed with 10. Pittsburgh has lost each of his five starts since the All-Star break.

Jones had a solo home run for the Pirates in the eighth, his 13th and third of the homestand.

“Obviously, we’re not playing well,” Maholm said. “Obviously, we’ve lost some games, and I think everybody on the field was pressing.

“I’ve gone through a few of these losing streaks like this, and whenever it’s going bad, it’s going bad,” he said.

NOTES: According to Elias, the previous Padres record for runs in consecutive games was 27 on Aug. 22-23, 2002. … The Pirates drew their 14th sellout of the year at PNC Park, the most since the stadium’s inaugural season in 2001. … The Pirates had OF Xavier Paul warming up in the bullpen during the ninth inning. … San Diego has never lost a series at PNC Park, winning 25 of 34 games played here. … Former Padres RHP Kevin Correia will face San Diego for the first time Sunday since signing as a free agent with the Pirates in the offseason. Correia was the winning pitcher in San Diego on May 4 but is only 2-7 at home this season.