MLB: Pittsburgh 5, Oakland 0

July 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

PITTSBURGH, July 11 (UPI) -- Francisco Liriano and two relievers combined on a five-hitter Wednesday in carrying Pittsburgh to a 5-0 blanking of Oakland.

The Pirates ended a four-game losing streak and avoided being swept in a three-game series by the division-leading Athletics.

Liriano (9-3) gave up four hits and struck out six over seven innings. He has won his last four starts and six of his last seven.

Justin Wilson gave up a hit in the eighth and Jeanmar Gomez worked a perfect ninth to complete the shutout.

Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs to lead the Pittsburgh attack, which produced a dozen hits.

The Pirates scored three times in the third on an RBI double by Jose Tabata and run-producing singles from Andrew McCutchen and Alvarez.

Both Russell Martin and Alvarez singled in a run in the fifth.

Oakland starter Tommy Milone (8-8) gave up three runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 to suffer the loss.

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