Maholm makes it hard on Reds

PITTSBURGH — Paul Maholm pitched eight innings and Jason Michaels and Brandon Moss hit home runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Ryan Doumit had a two-run double and Michaels and Moss both had two hits for the Pirates. John Grabow pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Corey Patterson and Jay Bruce hit home runs for Cincinnati, which has lost 15 of 18 games.

Maholm (8-7), who improved to 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA at PNC Park this season, allowed seven hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five in an efficient 97-pitch outing. The game was played in a crisp 2 hours, 14 minutes.

Report: Owings will be part of Dunn deal

There has been a lot of talk about Diamondbacks pitcher Micah Owings and the Reds.

Yet as of Wednesday, Owings remained with Arizona. He has not even been placed on the waivers yet, two Major League sources told

Owings is said to be one of two players to be named that will come to the Reds in the trade that sent outfielder Adam Dunn to the Diamondbacks. The other player remains unknown. Minor-league pitcher Dallas Buck has already been sent to the Reds and was assigned to Class A Sarasota. The teams had also decided on the other two players to be sent to the Reds, but withheld the names because of the waiver process.

If Owings were to be claimed by another team, Arizona would have to pull him back and he would not be able to join the Reds until after the season.