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Pirates use long ball to down Angels

4:41 AM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
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Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Pedro Alvarez, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez each clubbed home runs to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday.

Alvarez continued to swing a hot bat, homering for a third straight day and for the fourth time during his seven-game hitting streak.

Pittsburgh has taken the first two of this three-game interleague set. Alvarez and Sanchez each had two hits and the Pirates totaled 10 as a team to provide starter Francisco Liriano (6-3) with plenty of support.

The veteran lefty tossed 6 2/3 frames of one-run ball, scattering seven hits and three walks while striking out six. He was supplied with three early runs and successfully kept the Angels from getting into any rhythm offensively.

Mike Trout drove in Los Angeles' only run with a base hit in the eighth. The Angels had won six of eight prior to dropping the first two games of this series.

Jerome Williams (5-3) was ripped up for five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and two walks over six innings.

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