Andrew McCutchen homered for the first time in six weeks, added a pair of doubles and scored twice, and the Pirates defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in a Sunday night game in Los Angeles, winning the four-game series 3-games-to-1.
Josh Harrison also homered, and Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs with a pair of singles. The hits by the three Pirates stars were all timely, because the rest of the Pittsburgh squad finished the game a combined 0-for-21.
Edinson Volquez (3-4) started for the Pirates (26-30), and worked five innings, allowing two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Jason Grilli earned his third save of the series, and his eighth of the season, despite allowing a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Pirates have won nine of their last fourteen games.
For the Dodgers (30-28), Justin Turner homered and drove home two runs, and Scott Van Slyke drove home the ninth-inning run with a pinch-hit single off Grilli. L.A. starter Zack Greinke (8-2) was charged with just his second loss of the season, going six innings and surrendering four runs and five hits. Greinke fanned seven batters and walked two.
On Saturday night in the third game of the series, Hanley Ramirez went 4-for-4 with two homers, five RBI’s and four runs scored, leading the Dodgers to a 12-2 romp. Adrian Gonzalez contributed three hits and an RBI, and Matt Kemp singled twice and drove home two runs. Los Angeles jumped on Pirates starter Brandon Cumpton (0-2) for 1o runs and 11 hits over only three-and-two-thirds innings of work.
Jose Tabata went 3-for-4 for Pittsburgh, while Harrison, Jordy Mercer and Chris Stewart all tallied two hits each.
On Friday night, Ike Davis homered for Pittsburgh, and Neil Walker drove home a run in a 2-1 Pirates victory. Ramirez tallied two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers. Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano (1-5) earned his first win of the year with 5-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless work. Liriano gave up five hits, struck out eight hitters and walked two. The Bucs beat Josh Beckett (3-2), who had thrown a no-hitter against Philadelphia in his previous start. Over five innings, Beckett allowed two runs and five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
The Pirates will continue their western trip on Monday night with the opener of a three-game series against the Padres (26-31) in San Diego. Charlie Morton (1-7) is the scheduled starter for Pittsburgh.