Francisco Liriano retired the first seven Mets hitters en route to a nice debut.

If the Pirates make a run for the playoffs, a real run in which they are keeping pace with the Reds and the Cardinals, look back at this game. Look back at Saturday's 11-2 win over the New York Mets and see the where it all started to come together. The hitters set season highs in hits and runs, and the pitchers set a season high in strikeouts.

If the Pirates make a run for the playoffs, it will be because Francisco Liriano is at least a shade of the dominant pitcher he once was. Liriano generated 18 swings-and-misses in his Pirates debut, his most since last July, on the way to striking out nine Mets hitters. The left-hander started off sitting 93 miles per hour on his fastball and tuned his off-speed s...

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