(AP) Jones, Liriano, Pirates beat Cards for Central tie
By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
Slumping Garrett Jones hit his 100th career homer and drove in four runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis 5-0 Friday night and moved into a tie with the Cardinals for the NL Central lead. (Breitbart Sports Note: Francisco Liriano became the first left-handed pitcher to win 15 games for the Pirates during their two decades without a playoff appearance.)
Jones had three hits and Russell Martin added his 12th homer of the season. Jose Tabata and Neil Walker got two hits as the Pirates moved within four victories of their first winning season in 21 years.
Liriano (15-6) allowed just two hits over eight innings, walking two and striking out six to reach the 15-win plateau for the first time.
Jones came in hitting just .119 in August but broke out against St. Louis starter Shelby Miller (12-9).