Francisco Liriano (15-6, 2.57 ERA) continues to play the role of an “Ace”. Liriano and the Pirates moved into a tie for first place, pitching a 5-0 shutout win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano shined, throwing 8 scoreless innings, allowing allowing just 2 hits, while striking out 6 and walking 2 in the win. Liriano improved to 15-6 on the season and an impressive 8-1 at home. Liriano tied for the National League lead in wins, has allowed 1 earned run or less in three of his last four starts.
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