Maholm gets win as Pirates edge Astros
Whether he was stealing signs or not,
The two players had a brief verbal exchange Sunday after Capps thought Tejada and Houston first base coach Jose Cruz were trying to steal pitch signs in the ninth inning of Pittsburgh’s 2-1 victory over the
“Just compete,” Capps said. “You don’t need to do any of that stuff. Those two have a thing going out there. I’m set and he’s not even looking at me. That tells me all I need to know.”
Tejada said he had no idea what Capps was talking about.
“I don’t know what is going on,” said Tejada, who popped out to shortstop against Capps with a runner on first base in the ninth. “I have no idea why a pitcher would mock a guy after getting him out. But I am going to find out why. I don’t know what he said and I could not even understand what he said.
“I just made an out. That is the first time I have ever seen a guy mad, yelling at a guy for getting out.”
Maholm (8-8), who lost four of his previous five decisions, scattered six hits and two walks. He struck out two.
“I’ve been feeling good lately,” Maholm said. “It just seems like one pitch here or one pitch there would kill me every time out.
“But today the defense picked me up. It was a lot of fun to sit back and watch them make plays.”
After walking his first batter, Maholm faced the minimum for four innings. He retired 11 of 12 –
“Overall, being able to throw my curveball and my other pitches, this was a good day,” Maholm said. “It’s the best I’ve felt with every pitch.”
Tejada broke up the string by leading off the fifth with a single to left.
“Paul did a great job,”
“I thought he pitched good,” Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. “There must be some kind of jinx for Paulino. Again he goes out there and pitches, but doesn’t get any run support. The first couple of innings, I thought he was a little erratic and had some deep counts. But after that, I thought he pitched really well.”
Paulino, who hasn’t won since beating Detroit on June 27, got in trouble early.
Doumit added his ninth homer in the eighth.
Berkman hit his 21st home run in the ninth. He was originally stopped at second until umpires conferred and ruled that the ball hit above the yellow line in left-center.