Pirates blank Cubs 2-0
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 7, 2013 4:36PM
Chicago Cubs' Scott Hairston reacts after he struck out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, June 7, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: June 7, 2013 4:58PM
Cubs starter Travis Wood was strong on the mound again Friday—and at the plate—but Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano was nearly perfect.
Liriano shut down the Cubs in a 2-0 victory at Wrigley Field, helping the Pirates improve to 36-25 in the National League Central and ending a three-game losing streak.
It was the fourth time this season the Cubs were shut out but third by Pirates pitching.
Liriano (4-2) held the Cubs without a hit until the fifth inning when Wood singled, raising his average to .308 (8-26).
On the mound, Wood recorded his 11th quality start in 12 outings, giving up a lone run in the sixth when Jordy Mercer doubled with one out and scored on Russell Martin’s two-out double.
The Pirates had only two other hits off Wood (5-4).
They tallied another run in the ninth off Carlos Villanueva when Martin (walk) scored on a force out by Travis Snider.
The Cubs managed only one other hit off Liriano—a single by catcher Wellington Castillo in the sixth.
Liriano walked five and struck out eight with one wild pitch in seven innings.
Reliever Mark Melancon gave up a two-out single to Alfonso Soriano in the eighth.
Wood struck out six and walked two. He was working on seven days of rest because of two off days during the week affecting the rotation.
Pirates closer Jason Grilli gave up two-out singles to Ryan Sweeney and pinch hitter Dioner Navarro in the ninth before earning his major league-leading 23rd save.