Jones, Liriano, Pirates beat Cards for Central tie

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August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Slumping Garrett Jones hit his 100th career homer and drove in four runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis 5-0 Friday night and moved into a tie with the Cardinals for the NL Central lead. Jones had three hits and Russell Martin added his 12th homer of the season. Jose Tabata and Neil Walker got two hits as the Pirates moved within four victories of their first winning season in 21 years.

Francisco Liriano (15-6) allowed just two hits over eight innings, walking two and striking out six to reach the 15-win plateau for the first time. Jones came in hitting just .119 in August but broke out against St. Louis starter Shelby Miller (12-9).