Liriano leads Pirates past Cubs
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Francisco Liriano continued to dazzle in the Pirates' 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in the first of a three game series.
Liriano (8-3) used 111 pitches to go the distance for only the second time in his nine-year career and first time this season. He gave up two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts.
Since his call up on May 11, Liriano leads the National League in wins and, with a 2.20 earned run average, his ERA is below five for only the second time since 2008.
The lefty's only other complete game was his no-hitter in the South Side of Chicago against the White Sox on May 3, 2011 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins.
Starling Marte helped ignite the offense for Pittsburgh, which won for the 11th time in its last 13 games. Marte had three hits and scored a pair of runs.
Jeff Samardzija (5-8) lost for the first time since June 8. He gave up five runs on nine hits and five walks in six innings.
Scott Hairston knocked in both Cubs runs with a home run in Chicago's third loss in four games.
07/05 19:04:20 ET