National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Los Angeles|
(Thursday, April 12th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Pittsburgh 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Capuano pitched into the sixth inning
and a big first inning helped the Dodgers take a 3-2 victory over the Pirates
to complete a three-game sweep.
Capuano (1-0) gave up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts over 5 1/3
innings for the Dodgers, who, at 6-1, are off to their best start since going
9-1 to start the 1981 season. Juan Rivera, James Loney and Juan Uribe each
drove in a run.
"I had great movement on my pitches early," said Capuano. "The first win of
the season is nice to get."
Jeff Karstens (0-1) gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings for the
Pirates, who entered the series having taken two of three from the Phillies.
Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-3 with a run scored while Michael McKenry hit a
solo homer in the loss.
"In the first inning his changeup was good, but he got some elevated and they
got good swings on it," said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle. "They put them
in places we weren't. After that, he was solid."
The Dodgers got all their runs in the first inning. With one out, Mark Ellis
singled and Matt Kemp followed with a double. After Andre Ethier was hit by a
pitch to load the bases, Rivera's sacrifice fly plated Ellis. Loney and Uribe
each singled in a run for a 3-0 lead.
Pittsburgh wasted a leadoff double from McCutchen in the fourth, but McKenry
hit a one-out, solo shot to center in the fifth to make it a 3-1 game.
The Pirates cut their deficit to one in the sixth when back-to-back singles
from McCutchen and Casey McGehee left runners at the corners and a sac fly
from Yamaico Navarro made it a 3-2 contest.
Mike McDougal then took over on the mound and gave up a single to Clint
Barmes, but then got Pedro Alvarez to hit into a fielder's choice. After
walking McKenry, Scott Elbert took over and got Matt Hague to line out.
Javy Guerra set the Pirates down in order in the ninth for his fifth save of
The Dodgers host the Padres for three games starting on Friday...Pittsburgh
continues its nine-game road trek in San Francisco on Friday...The Dodgers
have won six straight against the Pirates...Karstens fell to 0-3 in six games
against the Dodgers while Capuano improved to 5-7 in 18 games against the
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