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Liriano Ks 9 in Pirates debut, beats Mets 11-2

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NEW YORK (AP) - Francisco Liriano struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning to win his debut with Pittsburgh and help the Pirates beat the New York Mets 11-2 Saturday.

Jordy Mercer homered twice and Jose Tabata had four hits, including a two-run shot the Pirates, who teed off on left-hander Jonathon Niese, finally chasing him during a big fifth inning.

The Mets have struggled to score at home, but Niese (2-4) would have put any team in a hole. He tied a career high by allowing eight runs, and walked more batters than he struck out for the fourth time in eight starts this season.

Liriano (1-0), returning from a broken non-throwing arm, allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings and 90 pitches. He gave up six hits and two walks.

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