A six-run second inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to an 8-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
The night didn't go the way that former Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano had hoped. He gave up seven runs on five hits in just two innings for Pittsburgh.
Liriano was removed in the second inning, after his spot in the lineup came to the plate with the bases loaded.
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Trevor Plouffe then followed that up with a two-run home run which gave the Twins a 7-0 lead.
The run support was enough for Ricky Nolasco (4-1), who gave up four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings.
Down 8-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Pirates started chipping away. They scored a run in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to cut the Twins lead down to three at 8-5.
But Blaine Boyer threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Twins to keep the Pirates from getting any closer.
Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save.
Mike Pelfrey (3-1) takes the mound for the Twins against Pittsburgh lefty Jeff Locke (2-2) on Wednesday night.