PITTSBURGH — Francisco Liriano kept up Pittsburgh's strikeout parade, fanning 12 as the Pirates beat the New York Mets 9-1 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
After Gerrit Cole fanned 10 in the opener and A.J. Burnett struck out 10 more Saturday, Liriano (2-4) topped them in only six innings.
Liriano gave up one run and six hits.
Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte homered for the Pirates.
Jonathon Niese (3-5) allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.
The Mets finished 4-10 in a 14-game stretch against teams from the NL Central.
Pittsburgh scored first as Jordy Mercer's RBI double in the fourth provided a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied it in the fifth on Wilmer Flores' RBI single.
The Pirates chased Niese in the fifth after he yielded the home run to McCutchen and a RBI single to Francisco Cervelli.
Marte hit his ninth homer, a three-run drive in the sixth, for a 7-1 lead.
The Pirates added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Josh Harrison and Corey Hart's RBI single.
Mets: New York returns home to begin a six-game homestand against Philadelphia and Miami. Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (6-3, 4.85 ERA) starts the Memorial Day contest a day after turning 42 against Philadelphia RHP Severino Gonzalez (2-1, 7.11).
Pirates: Pittsburgh continues its eight-game homestand as they play the Miami Marlins for the first time this season. Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (hip) makes his season debut against Miami RHP David Phelps (2-1, 3.21 ERA).
Pirates: Morton will come off the 15-day disabled list Monday. He has been out and make his season-debut. He has been out while recovering from surgery on his right hip last September.
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