Bucs Blank Cubs 1-0, Liriano Is 3-0 In Three Pittsburgh Starts

May 23, 2013
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Another 1-0 victory for the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Francisco Liriano (3-0; 1,00 ERA), Tony Watson and Mark Melancon combined on a four-hit shutout on Wednesday night, and the Pittsburgh Pirates (28-18) won for the tenth time in their last twelve games, blanking the Chicago Cubs 1-0 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Garrett Jones delivered a first-inning RBI single following the first of two Andrew McCutchen doubles for the game’s only run.  The Pirates managed only three hits in the victory.

Liriano, who has now won all three of his starts for Pittsburgh, allowed only two hits over seven innings.  He struck out nine batters and walked only one. Watson and Melancon both surrendered one hit in one inning.  Melancon earned his first save.

Wellington Castillo provided two of the four Chicago hits.  Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (2-6; 3.25 ERA) lost a 1-0 decision for the second time in a month, while the Pirates won their second 1-0 contest in five days.

Pittsburgh will complete a ten-game homestand at 12:35 PM on Thursday afternoon, looking to complete a three-game sweep over Chicago.  The Pirates are expected to start Jeanmar Gomez (2-0; 2.78 ERA) against the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson (1-6; 5.76 ERA).

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