The Commercial Appeal

Liriano, Pirates hold off Brewers

- Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones each homered and Francisco Liriano pitched six strong innings as the surging Pittsburgh Pirates won their eighth straight game, 2-1 over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Alvarez hit his 20th home run with one out in the second inning. Pittsburgh, which has had 20 consecutiv­e losing seasons, has the best record in the major leagues at 50-30.

Jones hit a drive to the shrubbery in straightaw­ay center field, his seventh homer, to lead off the fourth.

That was enough for Liriano (7-3), who is 4-1 in five home starts this season and was pitching in front of the Pirates’ fifth straight sellout crowd at home.

“The energy of the crowds has been unbelievab­le and we’ve been soaking it all up,” said Pirates closer Jason Grilli, who earned a save. “People are dusting off their Pirates shirts and coming out in droves, and we’re trying to give them what they want to see.”

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Braves 11, Diamondbac­ks 5 at Atlanta: Jason Heyward hit a tying RBI double and Andrelton Simmons scored the go-ahead run on the same play in a seven-run eighth that gave the Braves a win over Arizona.

Rockies 2, Giants 1 at Denver: Nolan Arenado hit a game-ending single with two outs in the ninth to lift Colorado and send San Francisco to its sixth straight loss.

Mets 5, Nationals 1 at New York: Dillon Gee (67) beat Washington for the third time this season and the Mets scored the go-ahead run when third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and shortstop Ian Desmond made errors on the same play.

Marlins 7, Padres 1 at Miami: Jacob Turner pitched a seven-hitter for his first complete game in 19 career starts, helping the Marlins beat San Diego.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Rays 4, Tigers 3 (10 innings) at St. Petersburg, Fla.: Yunel Escobar had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to cap Tampa Bay’s comeback over Detroit.

Luke Scott had tied it at 3 on a solo homer with one out in the eighth off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who allowed three runs, nine hits and four walks over a season-high eight innings.

Twins 6, Royals 2 at Minneapoli­s: Kyle Gibson allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings in his major league debut, and Trevor Plouffe homered to help Minnesota beat Kansas City.

Angels 7, Astros 2 at Houston: Howie Kendrick and Chris Iannetta homered to help Los Angeles to a win over the Astros.

Indians 4, White Sox 3 at Chicago: Nick Swisher singled in the tiebreakin­g run in the eighth as Cleveland beat the White Sox for the third time in less than 24 hours. Swisher’s homer in the ninth Friday night helped Cleveland to a 9-8 win and a sweep of a doublehead­er. This time, Cabrera, Jason Kipnis and Swisher hit three consecutiv­e one-out singles off Jesse Crain (2-3) in the eighth.

Orioles 11, Yankees 3 at Baltimore: Chris Davis homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 30, and the Orioles extended New York’s losing streak to four games.

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 2 at Boston: Jose Bautista hit a pair of long homers over the Green Monster, starting with the 200th of his career and following with a tiebreakin­g, two-run drive off Junichi Tazawa in the eighth to lead Toronto past the Red Sox.

INTERLEAGU­E

Reds 6, Rangers 4 (11 innings) at Arlington, Texas: Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run homer in the 11th as Cincinnati snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Rangers.

Cubs 5, Mariners 3 (11 innings) at Seattle: Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer in the 11th to lift Chicago past the Mariners.

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