Nearly as quickly as the Atlanta Braves accrued a four-run lead over the Chicago White Sox, Paul Maholm gave it back. In fact, in the 10-6 loss at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, Maholm had to leave with a sprained wrist in the midst of getting rocked for seven runs.
Dan Uggla got things going for the Braves with a two-run homer off Jake Peavy in the second inning. Justin Upton followed with an RBI-single and Freddie Freeman a sac fly in the third to give the Braves an early 4-0 lead over the woeful White Sox.
Enter Maholm, who entered with a 5.37 road ERA this season. A five-run bottom of the third was punctuated by a grand slam from Alex Rios. His day only got worse when Brent Morel tacked on an RBI-single in the fourth, after which Maholm left with a sprained wrist.
Maholm later said he had actually sprained the wrist while hitting in his last start and that it only acted up on him in the fourth inning. Fredi Gonzalez doesn't believe he'll need a stint on the disabled list.
That didn't keep Maholm from being charged with seven runs; he has now given up at least four runs in four of his last five starts.
Freeman added a two-run homer in the eighth inning, giving him three RBIs on the day to increase his team lead to 64.
The Braves and White Sox play the rubber game of the series Sunday at 1:35.
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