The story of the Pirates’ win Monday night may really just come down to the opinion of who you ask; some may say Francisco Liriano’s dominant seven innings were the key while others may dissent in favor of the four-run first inning and five-run seventh inning.

Liriano was dominant Monday night, pitching seven innings and allowing a run on four hits.  Photo Credit: David Hague

But regardless of whom you ask, one thing remains clear when it comes to what happened in front of 32,084 fans at PNC Park—the Pirates (62-42) made a statement Monday in their 9-2 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals (62-41) in the opener of a five-game set.

The Pirate offense began with a bang in the first, as it took Westbrook until his fifth batter faced to record an out. Jose Tabata walked, Neil Walker wa...

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