Pirates jump on Rodon early, roll to 11-0 win over White Sox
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Liriano allowed two singles in eight dominant innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates ran their winning streak to five with an 11-0 romp over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
Liriano (4-5) struck out 12 and walked one as Pittsburgh put together its second straight shutout and fourth in its last five games, dropping the team’s ERA to 2.79, the second-best mark in the majors behind St. Louis.
Josh Harrison and Starling Marte each had four of Pittsburgh’s season-high 18 hits. Marte, Jung Ho Kang and Francisco Cervelli all drove in two runs apiece as the Pirates posted their most lopsided win of the year.
Rodon came in having allowed three runs combined in his previous four starts. He gave up five runs in the first and seven in 3 2-3 innings, the worst start of his brief career. The White Sox have dropped four straight.