NEW YORK — 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.
Jordy Mercer homered twice and Jose Tabata had four hits, including a two-run shot for the Pirates.
Liriano (1-0), returning from a broken non-throwing arm, allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings. He gave up six hits and two walks.
Jonathon Niese (2-4) tied a career high by allowing eight runs in 4 1-3 innings.