The Pirates started the week of April 22-28 winners with a 7-4 victory over the Florida Marlins on April 22. Paul Maholm improved to 3-0 on the season, pitching six innings and giving up eight hits and four earned runs. He walked one and struck out four. With this game, the Pirates finished a three-game sweep of the Marlins.
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On April 24, the Pirates lost a close one to the San Diego Padres 4-3 in 11 innings. Reliever Matt Capps took the loss (0-1), giving up the game-winning single. Ian Snell started and gave up six hits and three earned runs in five innings. Snell walked five and struck out three.
On April 25, the Pirates turned it around with a 10-1 win over the Padres. Zach Duke improved to 3-1 thanks to strong offensive support. Craig Monroe had three hits and drove in three runs. Duke pitched 8 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, one earned run, walking two and striking out five.
On April 26, the Pirates took the rubber game of the series with an 8-3 win over the Padres. Ross Ohlendorf evened his record to 2-2 as Robinson Diaz drove in his first runs of the season with a two-run single in the fourth. Adam LaRoche went deep twice to bolster the Pirate attack. Ohlendorf pitched seven innings, giving up five hits and three earned runs, walking three and striking out two.
On Monday, Tyler Yates lost his first game of the season in a 10-5 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. Jeff Karstens started and pitched five innings. The Brewers' five-run eighth sealed it after the Pirates managed to tie the game in the top of the inning.
On Tuesday, the Pirates fell to 11-9 on the season with a 6-5 loss to the Brewers. A two-run double by Eric Hinske in the third and another two-run double by Jason Jaramillo in the fifth gave starter Paul Maholm an early lead, but the Bucs couldn't hold it. Jesse Chavez (0-1) allowed a decisive homer and took the loss.
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