Liriano beats Beckett as Pirates top Dodgers 2-1
- Article by: JOE RESNICK
- Associated Press
- May 31, 2014 - 1:00 AM
LOS ANGELES — Francisco Liriano outpitched Josh Beckett for his first win of the season, and Ike Davis homered to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 Friday night.
Liriano (1-5) scattered five hits over 5 2-3 scoreless innings. After entering with a 5.06 ERA, he struck out eight and walked two in his 12th start of the year.
Beckett (3-2) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, five days after pitching the first no-hitter in the majors this season during a 6-0 win at Philadelphia. The 34-year-old right-hander was removed for a pinch-hitter after 88 pitches — he threw a career-high 128 in the first no-hitter by a Dodgers pitcher since 1996.
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker robbed Matt Kemp of an RBI single in the sixth with a diving stop toward the middle and threw him out, after Hanley Ramirez led off with a double.
Liriano, a 16-game winner for Pittsburgh last season, faced one more batter, striking out Scott Van Slyke with his 100th pitch. Justin Wilson then fanned Andre Ethier.
Mark Melancon gave up an RBI single to Ramirez in the eighth, but retired pinch-hitter Adrian Gonzalez on a grounder with the potential tying run at second.
Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Beckett retired the side in order only once. He hit Starling Marte with a 2-2 pitch to open the third and Clint Barmes followed with a walk. Marte was picked off second, but the Pirates overcame that miscue with singles by Josh Harrison and Walker, whose hit to right field drove in Barmes with the game's first run.
Davis led off the fourth with a drive to center that traveled an estimated 453 feet. It was his fourth home run of the season, including two grand slams against Cincinnati.
Yasiel Puig reached base for the 31st straight game, getting an infield single in the fourth and continuing to second on Liriano's throwing error. He came up with the bases loaded in the fifth and popped up for the third out, making him 0 for 5 in those situations.
NOTES: Drew Butera, who caught Beckett's no-hitter, also was behind the plate for Liriano's no-no with Minnesota on May 3, 2011, against the White Sox in Chicago. ... It was the 19th time since 1900 that a pitcher made his first start following a no-hitter against an opponent who also had pitched one. The last time that happened was May 7, 2012, when Jered Weaver of the Angels faced Liriano and beat Minnesota for the second time in five days, 8-3. ... The Pirates have won all six of Liriano's no-decisions. ... Butera threw out Martin and Harrison on stolen base attempts for the third out in the second and fifth innings, respectively. ... Dee Gordon stole two more bases to raise his major league-leading total to 34, and the Dodgers' total to 64 — also tops in the majors. ... Pirates LHP Tony Watson extended his scoreless streak to 15 2-3 innings with a perfect seventh. ... Cincinnati LHP Johnny Vander Meer (1938) remains the only pitcher to throw no-hitters in consecutive starts.
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