Francisco Liriano stopped a longer losing skid by flummoxing the opponent like no Pirates pitcher in recent years. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

SAN DIEGO -- Once again, Franky said to Pirates fans: Relax.

Coming off the team's two rough losses, starting pitcher Francisco Liriano sliced up the San Diego Padres for a season-high 13 strikeouts over seven shutout innings to pave the Pirates' way to a 3-1 road-trip-opening victory.

"I've been getting a lot of swing-and-misses right now," Liriano said about the start that followed his complete-game win in St. Louis. "Everything's going the way I want it to."

And it's going the way the Pirates want it to. Liriano, baseball's best starting pitcher and generating whiffs, got 23 Padres' swings to miss over his 104 pitches. He kept the Pad...

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