St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Francisco Liriano threw his third career
complete game and the Pirates ensured themselves of leaving St. Louis in first
place in the NL Central.
Liriano pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning and the Pirates got second
inning homers from Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones in a 5-1 win over the
Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
The Pirates bounced back from a tough 14-inning loss Tuesday, helped in part
when Starling Marte dropped a fly ball in the ninth inning when the Cardinals
tied the game. Marte had a two-run double in the fourth inning Wednesday, as
Pittsburgh extended its lead in the division to three games.
St. Louis' offense was dormant for the most part Wednesday thanks to Liriano
(13-5), who bounced back from a brutal performance when he gave up 12 hits
and 10 runs at Colorado last Friday. The left-hander allowed four hits and
fanned six batters. He's won all three of his lifetime starts against the
Cardinals to go with a 1.56 ERA.
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