Liriano’s accuracy blanks out the Braves

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Liriano's accuracy blanks out the Braves

Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano pitched six scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves .

Liriano (7-10) allowed only three hits and walked four, struck out seven and helped the Pirates reduce their magic number to two games over the Milwaukee Brewers .

Liriano got the only run he needed from centre fielder Andrew McCutchen , who led off the sixth inning against Atlanta starter Aaron Harang with a line-drive homer, his 24th, into the left-center field bleachers.

Elsewhere, right-hander Jeff Samardzija pitched seven strong innings, and Oakland continued its push for an American League wild-card playoff berth with a 8-4 victory over Los Angeles .

Eric Stults and four relievers blanked the Rockies on 10 hits and Rene Rivera provided the game’s only run with a first inning double as the San Diego Padres defeated Colorado 1-0.

Other results:

Cardinals 8, Cubs 0

Royals 2, Indians 0

Yankees 5, Orioles 0

White Sox 2, Tigers 0

Blue Jays 14, Mariners 4

Rangers 4, Astros 3


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