Liriano keeps up strikeout parade, fans 12 as Pirates beat Mets 9-1 for 3-game sweep



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PITTSBURGH — Francisco Liriano kept up Pittsburgh's strikeout parade, fanning 12 as the Pirates beat the New York Mets 9-1 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

After Gerrit Cole fanned 10 in the opener and A.J. Burnett struck out 10 more Saturday, Liriano (2-4) topped them in only six innings.

Liriano gave up one run and six hits.

Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte homered for the Pirates.

Jonathon Niese (3-5) allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

The Mets finished 4-10 in a 14-game stretch against teams from the NL Central.

Pittsburgh scored first as Jordy Mercer's RBI double in the fourth provided a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied it in the fifth on Wilmer Flores' RBI single.

The Pirates chased Niese in the fifth after he yielded the home run to McCutchen and a RBI single to Francisco Cervelli.

Marte hit his ninth homer, a three-run drive in the sixth, for a 7-1 lead.

The Pirates added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Josh Harrison and Corey Hart's RBI single.

Jared Hughes, Tony Watson and Arquimedes Caminero combined to allow one hit in three scoreless innings to close out the win.

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Mets: New York returns home to begin a six-game homestand against Philadelphia and Miami. Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (6-3, 4.85 ERA) starts the Memorial Day contest a day after turning 42 against Philadelphia RHP Severino Gonzalez (2-1, 7.11).

Pirates: Pittsburgh continues its eight-game homestand as they play the Miami Marlins for the first time this season. Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (hip) makes his season debut against Miami RHP David Phelps (2-1, 3.21 ERA).

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Mets: OF Juan Lagares missed the game with discomfort in his right armpit and elbow. ... 1B Lucas Duda was out of the lineup with a tight right hamstring which he injured sliding Saturday.

Pirates: Morton will come off the 15-day disabled list Monday. He has been out and make his season-debut. He has been out while recovering from surgery on his right hip last September.

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