Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 9/11/13
When the Pirates took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, I thought that maybe they were going to coast to an easy win. That would've been a little bit of a relief after last night's nailbiter. Almost immediately, the Pirates started to let the Rangers back into the game. Francisco Liriano (who was good tonight without having his best stuff, which is nice to see given how binary he seems to be) gave up a run in the bottom of the fifth and only lasted through the sixth inning. After a Justin Wilson inning, Jason Grilli came out without his best stuff and put two of the four hitters he faced on base. Tony Watson cleaned up the mess, but not before giving up a run. The Pirates got an insurance run in the ninth, and it turned out that Mark Melancon needed it. Melancon gave up four hits (he'd only given up 46 in 63 1/3 innings before tonight) and two runs (seven, six earned before tonight) in his inning of work, but he managed to get Adrian Beltre to strike out with the tying run ...
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