Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Francisco Liriano continued to dazzle in the
Pirates' 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in the first of a three game series.
Liriano (8-3) used 111 pitches to go the distance for only the second time in
his nine-year career and first time this season. He gave up two runs on four
hits with seven strikeouts.
Since his call up on May 11, Liriano leads the National League in wins and,
with a 2.20 earned run average, his ERA is below five for only the second time
The lefty's only other complete game was his no-hitter in the South Side of
Chicago against the White Sox on May 3, 2011 when he was a member of the
Starling Marte helped ignite the offense for Pittsburgh, which won for the
11th time in its last 13 games. Marte had three hits and scored a pair of
Jeff Samardzija (5-8) lost for the first time since June 8. He gave up five
runs on nine hits and five walks in six innings.
Scott Hairston knocked in both Cubs runs with a home run in Chicago's third
loss in four games.
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