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Liriano plays stopper for Pirates

Pirates Nation can breathe a sigh of relief.

Francisco Liriano erased the bad memories of Tuesday night's loss to the Cardinals with a complete-game gem Wednesday night.

Liriano needed just 94 pitches to turn back the Cards in a 5-1 win.

It was enough to forget Starling Marte's blunder in the ninth last night. Marte furthered his redemption with a two-run double to give the Pirates a 5-0 lead.

The Pirates got a boost before Marte with homers from Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez.

It's a big win to ease worries about any potential collapse. It was another superb start from Liriano.

The Bucs now lead the Cards by three games in the NL Central and the Reds by 3.5 games.


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