What better way for Francisco Liriano to rebound from his worst outing of the year than by pitching his best outing in years?
Liriano took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and bested Stephen Strasburg in a pitchers' duel as the Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Wednesday night at Nationals Park.
Liriano allowed two hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings striking out eight and walking three to earn his team-leading 10th victory and give the Pirates their fourth win in a row. He received a rousing ovation from the thousands of Pirates fans were among the 33636 in attendance when he walked off the field with two outs in the eighth.
Strasburg was just as impressive allowing one run on two hits in eight innings throwing 118 pitches. He struck out 12 his highest strikeout total since June 8 2012 when he erased 13 Boston Red Sox.
With the victory the Pirates (60-39) matched their high-water mark for this season at 21 games over .500.
It wasn't just the stat line that made...