Pirates take 3 of 4 in LA
LOS ANGELES – Slumping Andrew McCutchen hit his first home run in over a month, doubled twice and scored two runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday and take three of four from the defending NL West champions.
Josh Harrison also homered and Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs, helping the Pirates win for the eighth time in 12 games. Pittsburgh had lost its previous seven series at Dodger Stadium since taking two of three in September 2006.
Edinson Volquez (3-4) allowed two runs and five hits over five innings, striking out six and walking one. Jason Grilli, the fifth Pirates pitcher, got three outs for his eighth save and third of the series after giving up a pair of two-out walks and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke. It was the Dodgers only hit after Justin Turner’s solo homer with one out in the fourth.
Zack Greinke (8-2) gave up a season-worst four runs and five hits in seven innings and struck out seven.
Alvarez opened the scoring in the first with a two-run single after Greinke gave up a two-out double to McCutchen and walks to Ike Davis and Russell Martin.
McCutchen, whose 21 homers, 84 RBIs and .317 average last season helped the Pirates end a 20-year playoff drought, made it 3-1 in the third with his fifth homer and first since April 23. The RBI was the first for the reigning NL MVP after a drought of nine games and 33 at-bats since his run-scoring single against Washington’s Blake Treinen on May 22.
Harrison, who was 7 for 17 in the series, hit his fourth homer in the seventh inning against Chris Perez.
Turner, 11 for 32 with three home runs and seven RBIs in nine starts at third base since Juan Uribe went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, drove in the Dodgers’ first run with a second-inning single after a ground-rule double by Matt Kemp that landed just inside the line in the right field corner. Turner trimmed Pittsburgh’s margin to 3-2 in the fourth with a first-pitch homer deep into the pavilion seats in left-center.
NOTES: McCutchen came in 4 for 21 against Greinke with two RBIs. … Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig had two hits and has reached base in 33 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. … RHP Bryan Morris, who gave up Hanley Ramirez’s second homer of the game in Saturday’s 12-2 Pirates loss, was traded to the Miami Marlins for the 39th overall pick in Thursday’s draft. RHP Casey Sadler was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, where he was 6-1 with a 2.66 ERA in eight starts.