Francisco Liriano leads Pirates over Cubs 2-0

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Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer (left) tags out Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano at second base after Soriano was caught off first base during the second inning Friday at Wrigley Field.

CHICAGO – Travis Wood dominated on the mound. He came through at the plate.

The only thing he didn’t do was lead the Chicago Cubs to a victory. And for that, blame Francisco Liriano.

Or the Cubs’ hitters.

Liriano pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and the Pirates beat the Cubs, 2-0, Friday for their major league-leading 10th shutout, matching Pittsburgh’s total for all of last season.

“That’s a great ballclub over there,” Wood said. “From top to bottom, they’re getting after it every day. ... You can’t take anything away from them.”

Scoring against them isn’t easy, either.

Ten shutouts, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, is a “remarkable number.” And it stands out even more because Pittsburgh doesn’t have a complete game this season.

Russell Martin had two hits, including an RBI double off Wood (5-4) in the sixth as the Pirates won for the second time in seven games.

Wood gave up one run and four hits in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

He had the Cubs’ first hit, a one-out single in the fifth, after hitting his first career grand slam in a win over the White Sox last week, but he couldn’t quite match Liriano on the mound.

“He kept us off balance, kept the ball down all day,” Wood said. “He really worked us. Even though he had several walks, he was able to battle around that and pitch a good ballgame.”

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