LOS ANGELES - Chris Capuano struck out seven in his first home game with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who scored all of their runs in the first inning against Jeff Karstens and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.
The Dodgers' 6-1 start is their best since 1988, when they won their last pennant and World Series.
Capuano (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits with no walks in 5 1-3 innings. The 33-year-old right-hander struck out five of his first eight batters, four of them on called third strikes with umpire Wally Bell working the plate.
Javy Guerra, the sixth Dodgers pitcher, pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five attempts - all in a span of eight days.