|The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their second straight victory, a 5-4 win over the Rangers Tuesday night and Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.92 ERA)) struck out five while allowing one run to become the first Pirates left-hander since John Smiley and Zane Smith in 1991 to win more than 15 games. Liriano has received a decision in each of his 23 starts since signing as a free agent in February, the most for the Pirates since Larry French got a decision in each of his first 24 starts in 1930. “Not his finest outing. A blue-collar effort,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “I think a runner reached base every inning on in. … All we did, we battled tonight, we battled off the mound, we battled at the plate.”|
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