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MLB: Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 2

Aug. 3, 2013 at 11:02 PM

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Francisco Liriano stayed on a roll with seven shutout innings and Jose Tabata went 3-for-4 with a homer Saturday in Pittsburgh's 5-2 win over Colorado.

Liriano (12-4) overcame five walks with the help of three Pirates double plays while yielding just two hits and striking out six en route to his second win of the week.

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In the two starts, the left-hander allowed just one run over 14 innings while fanning 14.

The 29-year-old is off to his best start since going 12-3 with Minnesota in 2006, a season that left him with an arm injury that led to his undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Mark Melancon posted his sixth save for the National League Central-leading Pirates, who broke a two-game skid and moved 1 1/2 games in front of second-place St. Louis.

Tabata's solo blast in the fourth inning put the Bucs ahead 2-0 and Gaby Sanchez supplied two run-scoring singles for Pittsburgh.

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (10-6) lasted just four innings, yielding three runs on six hits.

Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer each drove in a run for Colorado.

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