As he has done so many times before in stretches when the Pirates struggle, Francisco Liriano delivered a masterful start to propel Pittsburgh to a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano (15-6) pitched eight dominant, shutout innings and allowed just two hits while walking two as the Pirates (78-56) pulled into a tie atop the NL Central with the Cardinals (78-56) in front of a sellout crowd of 38,026, the 16th sellout of 2013.
“We played good defense tonight, I think it was the best night we played of defense so far,” Liriano said. “I used all my pitches, in and out.”
Francisco Liriano shut down the Cardinals’ prolific offense for eight innings of shutout, two-hit baseball. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
St. Louis put men on first base with two outs in each of the first three innings, but no baserunner advanced further as Liriano retired the next man up each time. From the fourth through eighth innings, Liriano retired 15 of 16 batters faced and coasted to win no. 15 on the ...