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Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Francisco Liriano

9/10/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates play Game 2 of a three-game series Tuesday night with Martin Perez and Francisco Liriano facing off in a battle of left-handers. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

Perez (9-3, 3.41 ERA): Perez will try to extend his Rangers' rookie record six-game winning streak Tuesday night. … He gets an extra day's rest as Yu Darvish was moved in front of him in the rotation. … Perez was spectacular again in his last start Tuesday against Oakland, beating the A's 5-1. … Perez allowed one run on eight hits in seven innings. … He had five strikeouts and no walks. … The 22-year-old lefty has a 2.54 ERA during his winning streak and has 35 strikeouts and 13 walks, close to a 3-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. … Perez has dominated right-handed hitters, holding them to a .245 batting average. … Lefties are actually batting .300 against him. … He is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts at home.

Liriano (15-7, 2.98 ERA): Liriano has had a brilliant season for the Pirates, but he didn't pitch well in his last start Wednesday against Milwaukee. … He allowed seven hits and seven runs in three innings against the Brewers. … Liriano has allowed one earned run or less in 14 of his 22 starts. … He has a decision in each of his his 22 starts. … The 29-year-old left-hander has a career high in victories, bettering the 14 wins he had with Minnesota in 2010. … He is 4-1 with a save and a 3.10 ERA in eight career games (six starts). … He has won his past three starts against the Rangers, including a victory in July for Minnesota against Texas. … Liriano allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings.

Hitters: David Murphy is 4-for-9 with three RBIs against Liriano, while Adrian Beltre is 8-for-28 with a home run and two RBIs against the Pirates lefty. Perez has never faced the Pirates. Justin Morneau is 1-for-3 with an RBI against him.