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He settled instead for his first win in seven weeks, and that was plenty satisfying.

Maholm allowed just four hits, pitched into the ninth inning and benefited from three homers and some good defense Friday, leading the Chicago Cubs jerseys to a 4 0 win over the Houston Astros jerseys.

“I wanted it obviously. I understand the situation,” Maholm said of being pulled in the ninth. “I gave up two hits, but after my last outing, I’ll take what I got and go on.”

Maholm had given up nine hits and seven runs in just 3 1 3 innings of his previous outing against the Diamondbacks jerseys and had been 0 4 in his previous eight outings, although he pitched well enough to win in some of those games.

Friday he mixed his pitches, had good control and worked well with rookie catcher Steve Clevenger, who also hit his first major league homer.

Maholm (5 6), authentic jerseys wholesale making 200th major league start, earned his first win since he tossed seven shutout innings in a 1 0 victory over Atlanta on May 9. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out six in his 8 1 3 innings.

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.

Marmol plunked Chris Snyder to load the bases with two down, but lined to third to end the game.

“My job is to hit the ball hard. I can’t place it. I wish I could,” Johnson said.

“How much sleep we had, no one wants to hear about that,” Johnson said, crediting Maholm. “He is one of those guys who really mixes his pitches well.”

and Matt Downs had the only other hits for Houston against Maholm. Schafer’s third inning single came on a fly ball that fell in front of left fielder Alfonso Soriano, and Downs singled in the eighth.

“The guys made some great plays,” Maholm said. “And three homers always helps.”

hit a two out solo homer off (5 5) in the second. Clevenger belted a two run shot in the fourth for his first major league homer, and Soriano connected in the sixth.

All 15 of Soriano’s homers have come since May 15. Clevenger will savor his first. He got the ball, as well.

“To hit a home run in the big leagues, it’s a great feeling,” he said. “But more important we got the victory and we got the shutout.”

Norris allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. He came off the disabled list earlier in the day after being sidelines with a sprained left knee. He wanted to go longer after throwing only 87 pitches but manager Brad Mills pulled him.

“Manager made his decision, so I’ve got to let it be with that,” Norris said. “But I felt strong. “

Houston put the first two men on in the third, but Downs was thrown out at third with Norris attempting to bunt, dousing the rally. Cubs jerseys shortstop ended the inning by roaming behind second to flag down Bixler’s grounder and throw him out.

Bixler hit a long drive to center in the sixth, but David DeJesus leaped into the ivy to pull it down. The Cubs jerseys nearly doubled off Norris, who had walked, but Castro’s relay throw was wild past first, allowing Norris to move to third.

NOTES: SS was out of the lineup to rest following the Astros jerseys’ difficult 7 3 loss to the Padres jerseys on Thursday night, but he hit in the eighth. 2B sat out a fifth straight game (right hamstring). . Cubs jerseys RHP Ryan Dempster, on the DL with a lat injury, played catch and hopes to throw off the mound sometime this weekend. . Astros jerseys 1B Carlos Lee got hit in the groin area by a hard hopper off the bat of in the ninth but was able to regroup and stay in the game.