Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Los Angeles 3
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez
carried Pittsburgh's offense and the Pirates picked up a rare series win in
Los Angeles with a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday.
McCutchen hit a solo homer, doubled twice and scored three times, while
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Pirates, who had lost nine in a
row in Los Angeles before taking three of four in this series.
Edinson Volquez (3-4) limited the Dodgers to two runs on five hits over five
innings, and Jason Grilli survived a shaky ninth to post his eighth save.
Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI for the Dodgers while
Zack Greinke (8-2) surrendered a season-high four runs on five hits to take
the loss, LA's fourth in its last five games.
Greinke had his streak of not giving up more than two earned runs end at 22
straight starts his last time out, then only lasted six innings Sunday.
Both of the walks he allowed came in the first inning following McCutchen's
double off the left field wall, and Alvarez followed by slapping a base hit to
left to bring in a pair.
McCutchen answered Turner's RBI single in the second with his fifth home run
of the season in the third.
"I was able to get my timing back on the fastball," McCutchen said. "It was
really good to come out and play well."
Turner found the left-field seats in the fourth, but that was the last hit the
Dodgers had until the ninth.
Alvarez singled in McCutchen in the sixth, and Josh Harrison, one pitch after
narrowly missing a home run down the left-field line, sent one over the wall
in right an inning later to make it a 5-2 game.
Justin Wilson, Tony Watson and Mark Melancon each tossed a hitless inning
behind Volquez before Grilli issued a pair of two-out walks in the ninth to
make things interesting.
Scott Van Slyke blooped a pinch-hit single into left to bring in Turner and
put runners on the corners, but Dee Gordon lined out to short to end LA's
"We haven't had a whole lot of success with their (bullpen)," Dodgers manager
Don Mattingly said.
Greinke's ERA rose from 2.18 to 2.50... Pittsburgh lost each of its previous
seven series in LA since winning two of three games from September 19-21, 2006
... Volquez came in with a 2.86 ERA in seven previous meetings with the
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