Francisco Liriano outdueled Jorge De La Rosa last weekend, but the outcome between these southpaws could be different this time.
De La Rosa has been stingy at home for the Colorado Rockies, and Liriano will pitch at Coors Field for the first time as the Pittsburgh Pirates seek a sixth straight victory Friday night.
Pittsburgh (70-44) took two of three at home from Colorado (52-64) last weekend. Liriano (12-4, 2.02 ERA) won his third straight start Saturday by allowing two hits in seven scoreless innings in a 5-2 victory.
"I'm just going out and pitching and trying to be aggressive and get people out," said Liriano, who overcame five walks. "It's working out well for me and it is working out well for the team because we're winning."
De La Rosa (10-6, 3.31), meanwhile, gave up three runs over four-plus innings while striking out three and walking two.
"Jorge didn't have very good command," manager Walt Weiss said. "It was a struggle for him from the start."
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