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Updated: October 1st, 2013 10:50pm
Francisco Liriano paves way for Pirates' first playoff win since 1992

Francisco Liriano paves way for Pirates' first playoff win since 1992

by Phil Mackey
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The Pittsburgh Pirates won their first playoff game since 1992 on Tuesday night, and, of course, it was former Minnesota Twin Francisco Liriano who paved the way.

Liriano dominated the Cincinnati Reds over seven innings, allowing only six base runners and one run while fanning five and gathering 14 groundball outs. The Reds didn't hit a ball out of the infield until the fourth inning, and Liriano didn't reach a two-ball count -- yes, two -- until the fifth.

Liriano's lights-out performance was right in line with his regular season dominance. He went 16-8 on the season with a 3.02 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 161 innings -- his best season since 2010, and perhaps even since 2006.

Justin Morneau went 1-for-4 with a single and a walk.

The Pirates move on to face the St. Louis Cardinals in a best-of-five National League Division Series. 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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