Coming off a win against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to continue their good fortune against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Another Dodger was hit by a pitch when A.J. Ellis took a breaking ball to the helmet in the second inning. He was fine, but he was left on base when the inning came to close.
The Dodgers began the scoring in the third behind a Matt Kemp double that brought home Justin Turner. Later in the inning, Andre Either hit an RBI grounder that scored Adrian Gonzalez and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead.
Hyun-Jin Ryu began the game strong, getting four strikeouts and only allowing one baserunner through the first three innings.
Turner extended the Dodgers’ lead in the fourth by driving in Ellis and Dee Gordon on a double. Gonzalez followed with his second hit of the night to score Turner and the Dodgers led 5-0 at the end of four innings.
The Pirates got on the board when Russell Martin hit an RBI single that scored Andrew McCutchen in the bottom of the fourth. Neil Walker scored the Pirates’ second run of the inning on a Jordy Mercer RBI single.
Ryu had easy innings in the fifth and sixth by retiring all six batters he faced. Gordon aided Ryu in the fifth with a diving stop on a ball hit up the middle to rob Josh Harrison of a base hit.
Having only pitched 80 through six, Ryu returned for the seventh and again didn’t face any trouble aside from allowing a two-out single to Michael Martinez. Ryu then got pinch-hitter Travis Snider to hit into a fielder’s choice.
In the eighth, Gonzalez got his second double of the night to give the Dodgers a chance to extend their lead, but Kemp ended the inning with a ground out. Brian Wilson took over the mound in the bottom half of the inning and retired two of the three batters he faced.
J.P. Howell replaced Wilson after a McCutchen single and retired Ike Davis to end the inning. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 29th save of the season as the Dodgers defeated the Pirates, 5-2.
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