Chicago, IL – The drought is over for Paul Maholm.
The left-hander tossed six strong innings and the Chicago Cubs used an early offensive surge to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-1, in the middle test of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Maholm (1-2) gave up one run on four hits and three walks to pick up his first win since July 10, 2011. He had gone 0-7 with a 7.03 earned run average in his previous nine outings.
Darwin Barney and Steve Clevenger both had three hits and knocked in a run for the Cubs, who snapped a six-game losing streak.
Mike Leake (0-2) allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings for Cincinnati, which was vying for its third straight win. The Reds have dropped six of nine overall.