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Dodgers Walk Away With a Win in the 8th Inning Thanks to Rain in Pittsburgh

The game was called due to rain and Los Angeles takes the series sweep.



The Dodgers were able to walk away from Pittsburgh with a series sweep over the Pirates. But they did it in an odd fashion with the rain ruining any chance of a comeback for the struggling Pirates. The game was officially called in the 8th inning after a monsoon-type of rain came through PNC Park. 

Julio Urias got the ball for the Dodgers and went 6 innings while allowing 3 earned runs. Urias struck out 5 and did not issue a walk, but he did give up a 2-run bomb to Bryan Reynolds in the bottom of the 4th. 

On the offensive side of things, Mookie Betts got the Dodgers going early with a leadoff solo homerun. It was Betts’ first homerun since April 18th against the Diamondbacks. Urias also drove home a pair of runs in the 3rd inning when he singled with the bases loaded. 

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The Dodgers bullpen had a light load in this one since they only needed Phil Bickford in the bottom of the 7th. The game was called in the top of the 8th when the rain started to come through. Bickford tossed a scoreless 7th and struck out 1. 

Up next for the Dodgers, they head home to face off against a last-place Rangers team. Texas wraps up a series against the Giants this afternoon in Arlington before flying out to Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball in game one taking on former Braves hurler Mike Foltynewicz. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Hey we swept a series! We even won a one run game in one of them. The Pirates are in a dead heat with the DBacks for worst team in the NL, but I don’t care. It still feels good.

  2. Fortunately the bull pen got two innings off due to the rain and that might be the biggest favorable outcome of the game. Jansen would not have been up for the ninth and besides, he is still probably reveling at that unbelievable potential game saving catch for the final out in Game 2

    I still have that feeling they are only clicking onno more than five of the eight cylinders of the 2021 pennant engine

    They have quite a way to go to live up to that one early season statement of the greatest team ever

  3. Good game, even if called due to weather. I agree with Jim that this team has a long way to go to resemble the 2020 team, but it does look to me like it may be turning a corner. At least the Dodgers are getting a few players back from the IL. Hopefully, they aren’t creating false hope. Not mentioned in the article, BTW, the final score was 6 – 3.

    In the top of the 8th with Muncy on 2nd, one out and Pujols coming to bat, LA may have scored even more runs in that inning. So, it’s unlikely, but not impossible, that the Pirates would score three or more runs in the six outs that they would have had left. But it doesn’t matter since the rain gods favored the Dodgers.

    Now to sweep the Rangers in the Ravine.

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