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Maholm Leads Cubs Past Reds, 6-1

Paul Maholm #28 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on April 21, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Paul Maholm #28 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on April 21, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Maholm pitched six solid innings to earn his first win in nine months and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Saturday to stop a six-game slide.

Maholm (1-2) allowed one run and four hits to snap a personal six-game losing streak. The left-hander struck out five and walked three in his first victory since July 10 for Pittsburgh against the Cubs.

Darwin Barney and Steve Clevenger each had three hits for the Cubs, who grabbed control with a four-run second inning. Starlin Castro had a double and a triple.

Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips went a combined 1 for 7 for the Reds, who have lost six of nine. Mike Leake (0-2) allowed 10 hits and five runs in 5 2-3 innings.

One day after he learned he will not face charges over an alleged sexual assault, Castro tripled home a run in the second and doubled in the fifth. The 21-year-old shortstop also committed two errors to run his major league-worst total to seven.

State’s attorney spokeswoman Sally Daly said Friday police and prosecutors reviewing the case found insufficient evidence to charge Castro. His attorneys have said the allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman last fall are baseless.

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