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               === Liriano, Alvarez get Pirates back on track ===
 
 San  Diego, CA (Sports  Network) - Francisco Liriano struck out 13 to help the
 Pittsburgh  Pirates take a  3-1 win over the San Diego Padres to open a three-
 game series.
 
 Liriano  (14-5) gave up just four hits and two walks over seven innings to win
 for a fifth time in his past six starts for the Pirates, who had dropped seven
 of  nine coming in.  Pedro Alvarez hit a solo home run and scored twice in the
 win.
 
 "I  didn't  feel 100 percent but  I thought I was  able to make the most of my
 stuff,"  said  Liriano, who became the  first Pirates pitcher to strike out 12
 or  more  batters in a single  game since Kip  Wells struck out 12 Phillies on
 July  5,  2005 at PNC Park.  "Really didn't have  to battle too much out there
 and that helped."
 
 Andrew  Cashner (8-8) tossed a solid game as he gave up just three runs -- one
 earned  -- and  five hits  with a  pair of  walks over  seven innings  for the
 Padres,  who were  coming off a four-game split against the Mets. Nick Hundley
 drove in the lone run of the game for the Padres.
 
 "He  threw the  ball well  tonight," said  San Diego  manager Bud  Black about
 Cashner. "He had a bunch of ground balls tonight and  only gave up five  hits.
 He  had  some really easy innings  tonight and I thought  he was on top of his
 game."
 
 The  Pirates got  the  only runs  they  needed in  the  fourth inning.  Andrew
 McCutchen singled to start and Alvarez followed with a single to right-center.
 The  ball was rolling and appeared to be an easy play from Chris Denorfia, but
 it  got past his glove and rolled to the wall. By the time he got to the ball,
 both runners were on their way home for a 2-0 lead.
 
 Alvarez  homered with two outs in the sixth, his 31st of the season, for a 3-0
 lead.
 
 Liriano  faced  a jam in  the fourth  as the Padres  loaded the bases with two
 outs, but Ronny Cedeno hit into a fielder's choice to end the frame.
 
 Denorfia  doubled with one out in the fifth, but Will Venable grounded out and
 Jedd Gyorko struck out.
 
 Liriano  worked a  perfect sixth and seventh, while Justin Wilson did the same
 in the eighth.
 
 Mark  Melancon gave up  a two-out RBI double to Hundley in the ninth, but then
 struck out Mark Kotsay for his eighth save of the season.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Venable  saw his career-high  15-game hitting streak come to an end as he went
 0-for-4 with three strikeouts ... San Diego took five of the six games against
 Pittsburgh  last season  ... San  Diego was  0-for-7 with  runners in  scoring
 position  and  left seven on  base ...  On Monday, Pittsburgh recalled pitcher
 Ryan  Reid from  Triple-A Indianapolis  and optioned  pitcher Kris  Johnson to
 Indianapolis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/20 01:52:10 ET