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Aug 3, 2013 11:04 PM by Greg Smith

Liriano leads Pirates to 5-2 win over Rockies

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Francisco Liriano continued his recent dominance with seven strong innings, and Jose Tabata homered and drove in two runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

Liriano (12-4) allowed only two hits to offset his five walks and had six strikeouts. The left-hander improved to 7-1 with a 1.65 ERA in his last eight starts for the NL Central leaders.

Tabata hit his first home run since May 11 - a span of 112 plate appearances - and also tripled while going 3 for 4.

Gaby Sanchez had two hits and two RBIs for Pittsburgh, while Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen added two hits each.

Jorge De La Rosa (10-6) pitched four-plus innings and gave up three runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two.

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