PITTSBURGH (AP) — Paul Maholm pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, Jason Jaramillo had a three-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep by beating the slumping Cincinnati Reds 5-3 on Sunday.
Jay Bruce hit his first two homers of the season, solo shots in the fifth off Maholm and the ninth off Octavio Dotel, but the Reds lost their fifth in a row. They won 13 of 18 from the Pirates last season, only to be swept for the first time since April 11-13, 2008, in Pittsburgh.
While losing 99 games last season, the Pirates swept only three series lasting at least three games.
Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo (0-1) ran into major problems in the fourth inning for the second successive start and lost to the Pirates for the first time in his last six starts against them.