By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune –
PHOENIX — Despite hitting a two-run home run to give the Cubs the lead, Paul Maholm went another start without a win. He was yanked during the Diamondbacks’ six-run fourth inning in their 10-5 win over the Cubs on Saturday night.
Justin Upton’s solo homer in the third gave the D’Backs an early lead, while the Cubs stranded five base-runners the first three innings. Maholm’s two-run shot, his second career homer, put the Cubs on top before Arizona rallied for six runs on five hits, an error and a walk in the fourth.
Maholm (4-6) was charged with six earned runs for 3 1/3 innings.
Steve Clevenger’s two-run double and a pinch-hit, RBI single by Jeff Baker cut the deficit to two runs in the fifth. But the D’backs added two runs off Scott Maine to pull away again.
After winning the first two games of the White Sox series, the Cubs are back to their old ways. They’re 9-27 since May 15 — a .250 winning percentage — leaving them with the worst record in major league baseball.
Since scoring 12 runs against the White Sox on Monday, the Cubs came into Saturday’s game having scored three runs in their previous three games, with a .186 average. They’ve scored three or fewer runs in six of their last eight games.
They knocked out 14 hits on Saturday, including four apiece by Starlin Castro and David DeJesus, but stranded 10 base-runners.
“Same old story,” manager Dale Sveum said after the Cubs stranded 11 runners in Friday’s 6-1 loss.