CHICAGO — Francisco Liriano pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the 11th time in 13 games, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Friday.
Liriano (8-3) went the distance for the first time since he tossed a no-hitter for Minnesota against the White Sox on May 3, 2011. He struck out seven and walked four to improve 5-1 in his last six starts. He also had an RBI single.
The Pirates, meanwhile, continue to roll along. They came in with the best record in the majors and a two-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central, and they had little trouble with Jeff Samardzija (5-8) and the Cubs.
Starling Marte had three hits, scored two runs and stole two bases for the Pirates.
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||4||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann||3|
|Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||0|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||2||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||5|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Tazawa||4|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Correia||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: B. Chen||5|
|Cincinnati - LP: T. Cingrani||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: E. Jackson||8|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: D. Otero||4|
|Milwaukee||4||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Atlanta||2||Bottom 4th Inning|
|NY Yankees||0||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Seattle||0||Top 5th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Philadelphia||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Arizona||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|San Francisco - T. Hudson||7:40 PM|
|San Diego - E. Stults|
|Columbus||1||2nd Prd 15:21|
|Los Angeles||1||2nd Half 44:55|
|D.C.||1||1st Half 15:00|
|Toronto FC||7:30 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City|
|Real Salt Lake|