CINCINNATI (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and left-hander Francisco Liriano pitched six shutout innings as he finally beat the Reds on his 11th try, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-3 victory on Tuesday night.
The Pirates are 5-10 this season against the Reds, who have dominated their Ohio River rivalry over the last two years.
McCutchen connected in the third inning off rookie Raisel Iglesias (3-7), who lasted only three innings.
Liriano (10-7) came into the game 0-5 in 10 regular season starts against Cincinnati, the only team he had faced but hadn’t beaten during his career. The left-hander allowed three hits, struck out 10 and didn’t allow a runner beyond second base.
He also doubled and scored the Pirates’ first run off Iglesias, who had his streak of seven consecutive quality starts snapped. It was the longest such streak by a rookie in the majors this season.