• My Scores
  • MLB
  • NBA Draft
  • Golf

Pittsburgh at San Francisco

Scoreboard
Pittsburgh (57-49) «120000000370
San Francisco (57-50)010000000160

Liriano fans 11 in Pirates' 3-1 win

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
Associated Press
  •  

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) His left oblique no longer a painful obstacle, Francisco Liriano is starting to look like the dominant pitcher he was for Pittsburgh in 2013.

With the Pirates in the thick of the race in the NL Central, the timing couldn't be better.

Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season and Pittsburgh beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night.

''I was just trying to hit my spots, make some good pitches,'' said Liriano, who last won consecutive starts nearly a year ago. ''My last start and tonight, everything's getting better pitching-wise and I'm getting ahead with the fastball.''

Josh Harrison hit a leadoff home run in the first inning and Travis Snider added a two-run shot in the second for the Pirates, who moved within one game of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.

A former minor league prospect for the Giants, Liriano (3-7) gave up a home run to Mike Morse but was otherwise stellar while leading the surging Pirates to their eighth win in 11 games. The left-hander allowed four hits, walked one and retired 18 of the final 21 hitters he faced.

More importantly, Liriano threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 26 hitters he faced. He's 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA over the last three starts.

''I thought it was his best outing,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''The fastball played so well, he was able to get them into a swing mode. This is a guy who was a huge part of the success we had last year. That's why I felt it was important to get him up and running again.''

San Francisco lost its sixth straight, matching its longest skid of the season.

Harrison hit a 3-2 pitch from Giants starter Tim Hudson off the facing off the brick wall in right field for his first career leadoff home run. Harrison is hitting .583 (7 for 12) with a double and three home runs over his past three games.

Snider hit his seventh homer after Ike Davis reached on an infield single leading off the second.

It was just enough to help the Pirates (57-49) move a season-high eight games over .500.

Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 20th save.

Buster Posey had three of the Giants' six hits, including a leadoff single in the ninth. Pablo Sandoval followed with a deep fly out to right before Melancon struck out Morse and pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa.

''We're sputtering with the offense,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. ''We just can't string together a few hits. We have to find a way. It's tough to go through this.''

Hudson (8-8) allowed six hits over seven innings and took his sixth loss in the last eight starts.

NUMBERS

The Pirates have won 17 consecutive games when scoring first. ... The Giants have lost eight of their last nine series at AT&T Park. ... Posey hadn't had a multi-hit game at home since June 26. ... Hudson is 1-6 with a 4.32 ERA over his past eight starts.

POWER OUTTAGE

San Francisco has scored just five runs over its past five games and has had four extra-base hits during that span.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Outfielder Starling Marte ran the bases but has not yet been cleared to play after being placed on the 7-day concussion list. Marte is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday but no move is expected.

Giants: Right-hander Matt Cain plans to meet with specialist Dr. James Andrews this week to get a second opinion on his injured elbow. Bochy said the move is precautionary and that surgery has not yet been discussed.

ON DECK

Tim Lincecum (9-7) pitches the finale for the Giants on Wednesday. Charlie Morton (5-10) goes for the Pirates, who are seeking their first sweep at San Francisco's waterfront ballpark since 2007.

 
Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Pittsburgh

F. Liriano
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 11
 

Related Video

CBSSports.com Shop

Men's Majestic White Kansas City Royals Stars & Stripes 4th of July Cool Base Jersey

MLB 2015 Stars and Stripes Collection
Get your favorite team today
Shop Now

Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, 3B3111100.299.338.469
Gregory Polanco, RF4000001.243.316.343
Andrew McCutchen, CF4010000.309.409.539
Neil Walker, 2B4020001.282.352.457
Russell Martin, C4000002.279.410.384
Ike Davis, 1B3110011.245.355.375
   a-Brent Morel, PH1000000.083.154.083
   Mark Melancon, P0000000.000.000.000
Travis Snider, LF3112011.257.337.413
   Tony Watson, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   b-Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B1000000.230.292.399
Jordy Mercer, SS3010100.253.296.361
Francisco Liriano, P3000001.103.103.103
   Michael Martinez, LF1000001.133.235.133
Totals3437322    
a-grounded out for Davis in the 9th
b-flied out for Watson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (30, Machi)
3B - Jordy Mercer (1, Hudson)
HR - Josh Harrison (8, Hudson), Travis Snider (7, Hudson)
RBI - Josh Harrison (35), Travis Snider 2 (21)
SB - Andrew McCutchen (17, 3rd base off Machi/Susac)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Walker-Mercer-Davis
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Francisco Liriano (W,3-7) 74111111 3.97
Tony Watson (H,25) 1100000 1.61
Mark Melancon (S,20) 1100020 2.12
WP - Francisco Liriano (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 110-68, Tony Watson 9-5, Mark Melancon 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 7-3, Tony Watson 1-1
Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 26, Tony Watson 3, Mark Melancon 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Hunter Pence, RF4000011.292.347.462
Gregor Blanco, CF4010021.235.311.307
Buster Posey, 1B4030001.283.344.437
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000003.275.323.424
Michael Morse, LF4111032.272.324.478
Andrew Susac, C2000111.000.200.000
   a-Travis Ishikawa, PH1000011.200.256.371
Dan Uggla, 2B3000021.149.229.213
Brandon Crawford, SS3000021.233.318.397
Tim Hudson, P2000010.050.116.050
   Jean Machi, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Joaquin Arias, PH1010000.192.221.208
   Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals32161113    
a-struck out for Susac in the 9th
b-singled for Machi in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gregor Blanco (8, Liriano)
HR - Michael Morse (15, Liriano)
RBI - Michael Morse (48)
Team LOB - 5
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (L,8-8) 7633122 2.71
Jean Machi 1100000 1.62
Jeremy Affeldt 1000100 1.38
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 114-73, Jean Machi 14-10, Jeremy Affeldt 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 11-8, Jean Machi 2-1, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 28, Jean Machi 4, Jeremy Affeldt 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42242
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Chris Segal, Third Base - Jim Reynolds