- Neil Walker (.280 – 10 HR – 29 RBI) drove in a run with an RBI single to right in the third inning. Walker has hit safely in 11 straight games. Ike Davis (.277 – 4 HR – 17 RBI) homered in the fourth as the Pirates got to Josh Beckett early with Walker’s run scoring single and Davis solo homer, an estimated 453 feet..
- Josh Harrison (.290 – 3 HR – 10 RBI) had 2 hits bumping his average up to .290.
- Tony Watson (1.13 ERA) was lights out again, with a scoreless seventh inning, striking out 2 and throwing 8 strikes on 10 pitches. His ERA is at 1.13 on the season.
PIRATES 2 – DODGERS 1
Win: Francisco Liriano (1-5)
Loss: Josh Beckett (3-2)
Save: Jason Grilli (7)
AROUND THE BASES
The Pittsburgh Pirates (25-29) have taken the first two games in LA, beating the Dodgers 2-1 on Friday night. Francisco Liriano (1-5, 4.62 ERA) who came into the game winless in his last 14 regular season starts, finally got his first win of the season, allowing five hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
Liriano showed some flashes of the 2013 Liriano, striking out 8 and walked 2.
Friday’s win was Liriano’s first regular season win since September 10, 2013 vs Texas and he hasn’t won back to back starts since August 2013.
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