LOS ANGELES -- Jim Tracy swears he harbors no ill will toward the Los Angeles Dodgers. That being said, he made no attempt to hide the joy he felt after beating his former team for a second straight game.
NL batting leader Freddy Sanchez matched a career high with four hits, Shawn Chacon outpitched Greg Maddux, and the Pittsburgh Pirates played the spoiler's role again Wednesday night with a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers.
"That was a game with obviously a lot at stake for the Dodgers. And I say that only because it's also great for us," Tracy said. "For our young players to be exposed to this type of atmosphere, with what is at stake and to be able to play in an environment like this, it's just a tremendous arena for our kids to be in at this time of the year."
Tracy managed the Dodgers for five years before parting ways with them following last season.
"I'm sure it brings back a lot of memories for him when he comes back into town," said Jose Bautista, whose solo homer in the third put the Pirates ahead for good. "He used to manage here and they won a lot of games when he was here, so it's got to be a good feeling for him."
Los Angeles lost for the 11th time in 17 games and fell into a tie with Philadelphia for the NL wild-card lead. The Dodgers remained one-half game behind the NL West-leading San Diego Padres, who lost to Arizona 8-2.
"We know the situation we're in. We're fully aware of what's happening elsewhere," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "We've got to take care of business ourselves."
The loss was the second straight for the Dodgers since their dramatic 11-10, 10-inning victory over the Padres, when they hit four consecutive solo homers in the ninth to tie the game and won on a two-run shot by Nomar Garciaparra in the 10th.
"That game made history. Right now, it is history," Little said. "We've got to get all parts of our game working again."
Sanchez had two doubles and two singles in five at-bats in Pittsburgh's fifth consecutive win and 15th in the last 21 games.
"He's got that magic wand right now," Little said.
The four-hit game was the fourth for Sanchez, who raised his average to .346. Jack Wilson had three singles and scored three runs for the Pirates.
Chacon (2-3), who allowed 10 homers and 20 earned runs in his previous 29 innings, limited the Dodgers to six hits and four runs, two earned, in 6 2/3 innings.
Salomon Torres, pitching in his 90th game this season, got four outs for his 10th save in 12 chances. With runners on second and third and one out in the ninth, Torres struck out pinch-hitter Matt Kemp, walked Garciaparra and went to a full count on Jeff Kent before striking him out on a 3-2 splitter.
Maddux, who has 331 career victories, allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings while walking one, striking out five and throwing 87 pitches. The 40-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in six starts at Dodger Stadium this season -- one with the Cubs, and five since being traded to the Dodgers.
"I just got beat, really, threw some pitches you expect to get outs with and you don't, threw a couple they just hit," Maddux said. "It just didn't work."
The Pirates took a 2-0 lead off Maddux (13-14) in the third on Bautista's 15th homer, a two-out single by Wilson and an RBI-double by Sanchez. They got another run in the fifth on two-out singles by Wilson, Sanchez and Jason Bay.
The Dodgers drew within one in their half of the fifth, getting two unearned runs thanks to an error by third baseman Sanchez on pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit's run-scoring infield out, which was followed by Rafael Furcal's RBI triple.
The Pirates scored their final three runs against Aaron Sele in the seventh on an RBI single by Wilson, catcher Russell Martin's throwing error when Wilson and Sanchez pulled off a double steal, and a ground-rule double by Xavier Nady.
Pinch hitter J.D. Drew hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to complete the scoring. Furcal followed with a single to chase Chacon, and John Grabow walked pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz before Matt Capps retired Garciaparra on a pop up to end the inning.
|Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson evades the tag to score one of his three runs against the Dodgers. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chris Duffy, CF||5||1||2||0||0||2||0||.247|
|Jack Wilson, SS||5||3||3||1||0||1||1||.276|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||5||1||4||1||0||0||0||.346|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||0||1||1||1||1||2||.285|
|Xavier Nady, RF||5||0||1||1||0||2||3||.280|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||0||0||1||2||1||.318|
|Ryan Doumit, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||1||2||.213|
|Joe Randa, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Jose Bautista, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.241|
|Shawn Chacon, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.077|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Capps, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Salomon Torres, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|2B - Freddy Sanchez 2 (50, Maddux, Maddux), Xavier Nady (27, Sele)|
|HR - Jose Bautista (15, Maddux)|
|RBI - Jack Wilson (34), Freddy Sanchez (82), Jason Bay (107), Xavier Nady (59), Jose Bautista (47)|
|2-OUT RBI - Freddy Sanchez (34), Jason Bay (44), Xavier Nady (19)|
|SB - Chris Duffy 2 (23, 2nd base off Sele/Martin, 2nd base off Broxton/Martin), Jack Wilson (4, off Sele/Martin), Freddy Sanchez (3, 3rd base off Sele/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - J. Wilson-Doumit|
|E - Jose Bautista (8, )|
|Shawn Chacon (W,7-6)||6.2||6||4||2||2||2||1||6.25|
|Matt Capps (H,11)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.94|
|Salomon Torres (S,10)||1.1||1||0||0||1||2||0||3.31|
|HBP - Ethier (by Shawn Chacon), Furcal (by Salomon Torres)|
|WP - Salomon Torres (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Chacon 85-55, John Grabow 6-2, Matt Capps 14-9, Salomon Torres 37-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Chacon 6-11, Salomon Torres 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Shawn Chacon 28, John Grabow 1, Matt Capps 4, Salomon Torres 7|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.299|
|Kenny Lofton, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.299|
|a- Olmedo Saenz, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Jason Repko, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|b- Matt Kemp, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.260|
|Nomar Garciaparra, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.300|
|Oscar Robles, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.172|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.289|
|Marlon Anderson, RF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.294|
|Julio Lugo, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.283|
|Andre Ethier, LF||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||.314|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Delwyn Young, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- James Loney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.261|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Russell Martin, C||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.285|
|Greg Maddux, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.129|
|e- Wilson Betemit, PH||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.265|
|Aaron Sele, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.192|
|Elmer Dessens, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|f- J.D. Drew, PH-RF||2||1||2||2||0||0||0||.277|
|a-walked for Lofton in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Repko in the 9th|
|c-announced for Broxton in the 8th|
|d-flied out for Young in the 8th|
|e-grounded out for Maddux in the 5th|
|f-homered for Dessens in the 7th|
|3B - Rafael Furcal (9, Chacon)|
|HR - J.D. Drew (18, Chacon)|
|RBI - Rafael Furcal (63), Wilson Betemit (49), J.D. Drew 2 (90)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (22), J.D. Drew 2 (32)|
|SB - Julio Lugo (24, 2nd base off Chacon/Paulino)|
|CS - Russell Martin (5, 2nd base by Chacon/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Kent-Furcal-Garciaparra|
|E - Russell Martin (5, Ground rule)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Greg Maddux (L,13-14)||5||7||3||3||1||5||1||4.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 87-61, Aaron Sele 40-22, Elmer Dessens 11-4, Jonathan Broxton 16-12, Takashi Saito 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 8-2, Aaron Sele 1-1, Elmer Dessens 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 23, Aaron Sele 9, Elmer Dessens 2, Jonathan Broxton 4, Takashi Saito 4|
|Attendance - 46319|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Paul Nauert|