Francisco Liriano and relief pitchers Justin Wilson and Jeanmar Gomez combined Wednesday night on a 5-hit shutout, and the Pittsburgh Pirates (54-36) ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-0 home win over the Oakland Athletics (54-37).
Delayed two hours and 50 minutes because of severe weather, the game at PNC Park ended at 12:43 AM.
Liriano (9-3; 2.00 ERA), the only Pittsburgh pitcher to post wins in the last eight games, had thrown his team’s only complete game of the season in his previous outing, but despite the shutout, he was pulled Wednesday after seven innings. Liriano allowed four hits, struck out six batters and walked one. Wilson gave up one hit in the eighth inning, and Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth frame.
The Pirates scored three times in the third inning on doubles by Starling Marte and Jose Tabata, singles by Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin, an error, and a single by Pedro Alvarez. The Bucs added two more in the fourth inning on RBI singles by Martin and Alvarez, who now has 60 RBIs.
Marte (.289), Tabata (.306), McCutchen (.303) and Martin (.253) all finished with two hits. Coco Crisp went 3-for-4 for Oakland.
The Bucs are just 3-6 after having posted a 51-30 record through the first half of their 162-game schedule. They are 12-5 in interleague play this year. Wednesday’s win was their first in 12 interleague games against the Athletics.
Following an off-day on Thursday, the Pirates will host a three-game weekend series versus the New York Mets (40-48), which is to be followed by Major League Baseball’s All-Star break.