Coming off consecutive victories against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent their ace, Clayton Kershaw, to the mound to begin a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
The Dodgers offense would have to face the Pirates ace, Gerrit Cole, and went down with just a single from Jimmy Rollins in the top of the first.
Kershaw’s 37-inning scoreless streak ended on the first pitch he threw when Gregory hit a home run to make it 1-0. The Pirates were unable to add any more runs.
In the second the Dodgers were sat down in order with two outs coming via strikeout. Kershaw settled in and tossed a scoreless inning.
Joc Pederson hit a one-out double in the top of the third and advanced to third on a ground out by Kershaw. Rollins then walked and stole second to put two in scoring position for Howie Kendrick. An infield single and heads-up baserunning by Rollins gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
Kershaw once again threw a scoreless inning in the bottom half of the inning. Andre Ethier led off the fourth with a walk, but was erased on a Yasmani Grandal double play grounder. Yasiel Puig struck out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Kershaw ran into some trouble allowing three singles to start the inning. The left-hander was able to get the next two outs, but walked Chris Stewart to make it 2-2. A strikeout ended the inning and left the game tied.
Pederson worked a one-out walk in the fifth and advanced to second when Kershaw was hit by a pitch. Rollins then dropped a single that Starling Marte couldn’t corral and Pederson scored to put the Dodgers ahead, 3-2. The offense was unable to score any more in the inning.
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