TORONTO (KDKA/AP) — The Pirates lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1.

Paul Maholm (4-9, 3.17 ERA) pitched a strong game, allowing just two runs and nine hits over seven innings.

But the Pirates’ offense didn’t back him up as the Buccos dropped to 40-39.

The Bucs’ lone run came when Ronny Cedeno had an RBI single in the fifth.

Rookie outfielder Eric Thames hit his first career home run for Toronto, a solo shot in the sixth.

Brandon Morrow (4-4) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, walking three. It’s the fourth time in his career he’s fanned at least 10, and the second time this season. His career high in strikeouts is 17, set Aug. 8, 2010, against Tampa Bay.

Yunel Escobar doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning.

Jason Frasor worked the eighth and Frank Francisco finished in the ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.

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