04/26 18:34 CDT Pirates complete 1st desert sweep with 8-0 win over D-backs
Pirates complete 1st desert sweep with 8-0 win over D-backs
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) --- Francisco Liriano pitched effectively into the seventh inning
in a combined three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed their first
sweep in Arizona with an 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Making his 200th career start, Liriano (1-1) offset six walks with seven
strikeouts and allowed two hits in 6 1-3 innings. He has now beaten 29 of the
30 teams in the majors.
Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run single off Jeremy Hellickson (1-3) in the first
inning and Neil Walker added a two-run double off the right-hander in the
fifth. Gregory Polanco had three of Pittsburgh's 14 hits and scored three runs.
Walker also had three hits, finishing the series 7 for 12.
Pittsburgh has won five straight and eight of 10.