Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 2, Dodgers 1 Liriano Breaks through, Nabs 1st Win of Season

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 2, Dodgers 1 Liriano Breaks through, Nabs 1st Win of Season

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LOS ANGELES -- Francisco Liriano waited two months, 11 starts, and many frustrating innings before an elusive first win of the season was his.

Mark it down for Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Liriano went 52/3 scoreless innings, gave up five hits, two walks and struck out eight as he battled his way through the Dodgers lineup on the way to a 2-1 win.

Liriano got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, came one out away from finishing the sixth, and left the game at 100 pitches, leaving the rest to his bullpen.

Justin Wilson struck out Andre Ethier to end the inning, Tony Watson used nine pitches to get through the seventh.

Mark Melancon gave up a run on two hits in the eighth, as the Dodgers threatened, but closer Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth to record his seventh save.

The Pirates provided early run support, when Neil Walker singled in Clint Barmes off Dodgers starter Josh Beckett in the third for a 1-0 lead.

It might have been 2-0 at that point had Starling Marte not gotten picked off at second base by catcher Drew Butera with Josh Harrison at-bat. Harrison eventually singled, moving Barmes to second, but could have likely driven in Marte.

Ike Davis built on the lead, driving a 2-1 Beckett fastball deep over the wall in center to open the fourth and give the Pirates a 2- 0 lead. The estimated distance was 453 feet.

Beckett was fresh off a 128-pitch no-hitter, but gave up five hits in five innings, two earned runs, one walk and one home run. He struck out five.

The run support helped Liriano buckle in.

He struck out Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez in the first, but took 21 pitches to get through the frame.

He efficiently put the Dodgers down in order in the second and sat at 32 pitches after two innings.

Puig singled on a dribbler back to Liriano in the fourth and took second on a throwing error to first by Liriano. But Liriano got out of the inning with two strikeouts and a groundout.

Liriano surrendered a leadoff double to Ethier in the fifth. …

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