Maholm Leads Cubs Past Astros 4-0

CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Maholm pitched into the ninth inning to earn his first win in seven weeks and the Chicago Cubs hit three homers in a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday.

Maholm (5-6) allowed four hits over 8 1-3 innings in his 200th major league start, earning his first win since he tossed seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over Atlanta on May 9. The left-hander was 0-4 with a 6.43 ERA in his previous eight outings.

Brian Bixler started the Houston ninth with a base hit and Carlos Lee’s one-out double put runners on second and third before Carlos Marmol finished for his sixth save in eight chances.

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