Liriano throws five no-hit innings against Bucs
Carroll leads 13-hit effort in 10-0 victory
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano tossed five no-hit innings and was backed by a five-run second inning in Minnesota's 10-0 victory over the Pirates on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.
Liriano was sharp, striking out six and walking just one to mark his best outing of the spring. Jake Fox was the only Pirates baserunner against Liriano, reaching first on a two-out walk in the second inning.
"Everything was working today pretty good, location-wise," Liriano said. "I was locating my fastball better than I was the other day, and everything worked out for me pretty good today."
Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton didn't fare as well, surrendering five runs on seven hits and a walk over three innings.
"What normally works for me, when I get groundballs and weak contact, I get outs," Morton said. "But today I don't feel like I was giving up a whole lot of hard-hit balls and I gave up five runs in three innings. I was mad out there, but I came back in here and I was thinking about it. I don't know what I could've done different other than work ahead, but that's not going to avoid contact."
After failing to score despite loading the bases in the first inning, the Twins loaded the bases again in the second after Trevor Plouffe, Aaron Bates and Joe Benson singled. Alexi Casilla then picked up an RBI with an infield single before Jamey Carroll added a two-run double down the right-field line.
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each brought home a run with an RBI groundout. Mauer went 0-for-3 with an RBI while Morneau went 0-for-2 with an RBI after being hit by a pitch in the first inning.
The Twins scored five more runs in the seventh, as Brian Dozier hit his first homer of the spring with a solo shot off right-hander Chris Leroux to lead off the inning. Ray Chang laced a two-run double before Plouffe and Benson added RBI singles.
The Pirates didn't get their first hit until the eighth, when Brandon Boggs singled to right field off Luis Perdomo with one out. Boggs, though, was thrown out by Brian Dinkelman while trying to advance to second.
Up next for the Twins: Right-hander Jason Marquis is set to make his fourth Grapefruit League start on Monday against the Red Sox at 12:35 p.m. CT at JetBlue Park. Marquis has allowed nine runs over 8 2/3 innings this spring. Right-handers Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Anthony Swarzak and Jeff Manship are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins.