The Pittsburgh Pirates have been making a lot of noise this season and are tempting their long-suffering fans again with the possibility of a winning season for the first time since rookie Gerrit Cole was still in diapers.
Francisco Liriano took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Gaby Sanchez homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
''It was awesome just to be able to do that, and we had a lot of fun doing it,'' said McCutchen, who ended a homerless drought of 98 at-bats. ''This is the way we should come out and play every day. We don't have to depend on just one or two guys. Everybody's coming through. To have a complete lineup like that from top to bottom is always fun.''
Liriano (6-3) allowed a run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out six and walked three. The Angels' run came in the seventh, when rookie J.B. Shuck hit a ground-rule double just inside the right field l...