=== 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-
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
"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
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
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.
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
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