LOS ANGELES -- Francisco Liriano waited two months, 11 starts, and many frustrating innings before an elusive first win of the season was his.
Mark down Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Liriano went 5 2/3 scoreless innings, gave up five hits and two walks, and struck out eight as he battled his way through the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup on the way to a 2-1 win for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Liriano got out of a big bases-loaded jam in the fifth, came one out away from finishing the sixth, and left the game at 100 pitches with a 2-0 lead, leaving the rest to his bullpen.
Justin Wilson struck out Andre Ethier to end the inning. Tony Watson used nine pitches to lock down the seventh.
Mark Melancon gave up a run on two hits in the eighth as the Dodgers threatened, but closer Jason Grilli put the Dodgers down for the save.
The Pirates offered some early run support, when Neil Walker singled in Clint Barmes off Dodgers starter Josh Beckett in the third inning to build a 1-0 lead.
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