Another summer night in Pittsburgh ended well for the Pirates with Francisco Liriano on the mound. Liriano earned his 12th win of season by throwing a two-hit shutout through seven innings Saturday night as the Pirates knocked off Colorado 5-2 and regained a 1 1/2-game lead in the National League Central Division. Liriano's ERA dropped to 2.02 with the outing his latest gem in a year that has been a dream season not just for the revitalized franchise but his own career. "You always want good things to happen to you when you play this game. In life too" Liriano said. "I'm not going to lie I'm a little surprised too. But I try not to think about it too much. I come in get ready to play every five days. Hopefully we continue the way we're playing right now. We're having fun." The Pirates (66-44) had 11 hits and manufactured timely run support by scoring in the third fourth fifth sixth and seventh innings including three off left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (10-6). Andrew McCutchen doubled off the Clemente Wall in right in the third to score Starling Marte from second to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Jose Tabata homered to center in the fourth for a 2-0 lead and Gaby Sanchez singled in Marte in the fifth to make it 3-0. After a leadoff triple Tabata scored on a squeeze play by Josh Harrison in the sixth that made it 4-0 and McCutchen scored in the seventh on a single by Sanchez. Liriano struck out six walked five and threw a wild pitch. He finished with 102 pitches 63 strikes. He has won his past three starts and is 7-1 this season at PNC Park. "We talked about it before the game -- his ability to make good hitters take some not real aggressive authoritative swings" Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He was able to do that the first and third inning the biggest parts of the ballgame through the middle of their lineup.
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