- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

CINCINNATI (AP) - Paul Maholm allowed only three hits in seven innings Saturday and Ryan Doumit hit his first career grand slam _ one of three Pittsburgh homers _ as the Pirates pulled away for a 10-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Maholm (1-0) got his first road win since July 22, a stretch of futility that was more a reflection of Pittsburgh’s offense than his pitching. The left-hander gave up just seven earned runs in his previous five road starts, but Pittsburgh managed to score only eight runs.

The runs weren’t a problem this time, with the Pirates piling up a season high.

Nate McLouth provided more than enough with his two-run homer in the first inning and run-scoring single in the seventh. Pittsburgh pulled away in the ninth, when Doumit hit his grand slam off Mike Lincoln and Adam LaRoche followed with his first homer of the season.

The Reds fell to 1-3 for the first time since 2003, their first season in Great American Ball Park.

Johnny Cueto (0-1) struck out nine batters in six innings, but gave up five extra-base hits _ three doubles, a triple and McLouth’s second homer of the season.

The Reds’ defense prevented the Pirates from pulling away in the third.

Right fielder Jay Bruce threw out McLouth at the plate as he tried to score from second on Doumit’s single. Willy Taveras saved another run by catching LaRoche’s fly ball while slamming into the wall in center for the final out of the inning.

All that did was slow ‘em down.

The Pirates had three more extra-base hits in the fourth. Consecutive doubles by Brandon Moss and Jack Wilson made it 3-0, and Nyjer Morgan hit a triple to center that tipped off the end of Taveras’ glove as he tried to make an over-the-shoulder catch.

Morgan walked in the seventh, stole second and came around on McLouth’s single, bowling over catcher Ramon Hernandez with a lowered forearm as he scored for a 5-0 lead. Morgan had three hits and a pair of steals, scoring twice.

The Pirates had some run-saving defense of their own. Moss threw out Joey Votto when he tried to score in the fourth inning. Votto, the Reds’ top hitter so far, tore a big hole in the left knee of his pants during his slide and got up limping, but stayed in the game.

Notes:@ It was 50 degrees with a light wind at the first pitch. The scheduled series opener on Friday night was postponed because of steady rain. … Coming into the game, McLouth was only 1-for-14 with a homer. … Maholm has given up two earned runs in 13 2-3 innings spanning two starts this season. … Reds RHP Micah Owings had a pinch-hit double in the eighth. Owings originally was scheduled to pitch on Saturday, but the rainout prompted manager Dusty Baker to skip him.

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