Francisco Liriano has had a devilish time pitching against the Angels in his career.

He took Saturday night as an opportunity to exorcise those demons.

Liriano allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings to lead the Pirates to a 6-1 victory against the Angels at Angel Stadium. He struck out six batters and allowed seven hits.

He entered the game Saturday with a 1-4 career record against the Angels and a 6.69 ERA. In four career starts at Angel Stadium, that ERA jumped to 7.05.

"Whatever happened in the past, happened," Liriano said. "There's nothing I can do about it. I try and move forward and try to learn from my mistakes in the games that I've pitched before against them."
Those troubles were a faint memory during his 104-pitch performance in Anaheim.

Liriano pitched most of the game with a good cushion behind an offense sparked by Pedro Alvarez, who homered and doubled to continue his recent tear at the plate. The Pirates (45-30) hit three home runs -- all solo homers -- in the victory.

Manager Clint Hurdle said the Pirates' offense is due for this type of success. Andrew McCutchen agreed.
"It's starting to show a little bit," he said. "Everybody's starting to heat up. It's fun."

The victory gave Liriano his sixth win of the year, tied for the most on the team despite missing more than a month this season while healing from a broken humerus bone in his right, non-throwing arm. Liriano made his first start this season May 11 and has gone 6-3 since.

"Everything's going the way I want it to right now, and I'm just trying to keep doing it," Liriano said.
But he was far from dominant, walking three batters and pitching through a couple jams. Liriano got some help behind him with a pair of strong defensive plays kept the Angels (33-42) off the scoreboard early.

Starling Marte showcased his strong arm in the fourth inning, whipping a throw home from left field to beat Howie Kendrick to the plate. Marte has one of the best outfield arms in the game, and Angels third base coach Dino Ebel either challenged his scouting report or ignored it by sending Kendrick on Erick Aybar's single.

"You don't see a left fielder with that kind of arm very often," Hurdle said, "and that throw was right on the money."

After loading the bases with two outs in the inning, Liriano struck out J.B. Shuck to end the threat.