PITTSBURGH (AP) -Barry Bonds singled in three at-bats in what might be his farewell to the city where his major league career began, and Paul Maholm became the second Pirates left-hander to dominate the Giants in as many days as Pittsburgh beat San Francisco 3-1 on Monday night.
Bonds, usually booed in Pittsburgh because of his playoff failures with the Pirates, received a brief standing ovation as he took the field in the bottom of the first. It was easily the warmest ovation that baseball's new home run king has received in the city where he played from 1986-92.
Or maybe the fans were cheering the last-place Pirates' newfound ability to dominate an opponent. They have beaten the Giants four times in as many days, counting a three-game sweep in the Bay Area over the weekend. Tom Gorzelanny pitched a shutout Sunday as the Pirates finished the sweep by winning 5-0.
Maholm (8-14), who would have become the majors' leader in losses if he had lost, checked the Giants on three hits. In the second, Daniel Ortmeier doubled and scored on former Pirates outfielder Rajai Davis' two-out double.
Maholm went the distance for his second career complete game, and second this season. Maholm struck out four and walked none, needing only 91 pitches - 61 for strikes. The game lasted only 1 hour, 51 minutes.
The Pirates took a 3-0 following Jose Castillo's two-run double in the first and Nate McLouth's RBI double on the second, which scored Maholm after the pitcher helped himself with a leadoff double off Matt Cain (4-13).
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