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McCutchen Homers, But Dodgers Complete Sweep Of Bucs

April 8, 2013

Adrian Gonzalez recorded three hits and four RBI’s on Sunday afternoon, and Justin Sellers homered for his first hit of the season, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a sweep of their three-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium.

Following back-to-back shutout losses to Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday nights, the Pirates (1-5) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by Andrew McCutchen, the Bucs’ first homer of the season, but Pittsburgh managed only three other hits, and their team batting average dipped to .119 by the end of the afternoon.  Only two Pirates batters, McCutchen and Starling Marte, are hitting over .200.  Marte went 2-for-4 on Sunday.

Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke took the loss, allowing four runs and eight hits through six innings.

Marte managed the only two Pittsburgh hits in a 1-0 loss on Saturday night.  Pirates starter A.J. Burnett fell to 0-2, although he has allowed just 3 runs (2.45 ERA) in two starts, and has struck out 19 batters in 11 innings of work.  Clayton Kershaw (2-0) earned the win.  Mark Ellis drove home the game’s only run.

In the series opener on Friday, Zach Greinke and the Dodgers posted a 3-0 victory.  McCutchen and Garrett Jones recorded the only hits for the Pirates.  Jonathan Sanchez took the loss.  Andre Ethier homered for the Dodgers (now 4-2), and Gonzalez and Matt Kemp drove home runs.

On Monday night, Wandy Rodriguez, the only Pittsburgh pitcher with a victory this season, is scheduled to start in the first game of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (5-1) in Phoenix.

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