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LOS ANGELES -- Bothered by a stiff neck in his last few starts, Hiroki Kuroda could have skipped his turn in the rotation and rested. Instead, he went ahead, somewhat reassured by results of an MRI that showed no new damage.
Kuroda set a career high with his 12th victory, helped by pinch-hitter James Loney's three-run homer and Matt Kemp's 111th RBI in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
"It was a little peace of mind, but I still think it bothered me," Kuroda said through a translator. "Little things bother me. I didn't change any of my mechanics."
He said he plans to make his next scheduled start.
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Kuroda (12-16) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two to win for the first time in three starts this month. He is now 5-1 against the Pirates in his career.
"[Rod] Barajas called a great game," Kuroda said. "He knew all the batters. He wanted me to pitch inside and every time I was doubting pitches he called the right ones."
Loney's first career pinch-hit homer off Chris Resop hit the top of the right-field wall, capping a four-run sixth inning that extended the Dodgers' lead to 7-2. Dee Gordon grounded into a fielder's choice to first base, scoring Russell Mitchell for the other run.
"Those extra runs made it a lot easier on us," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Kuroda gave up three consecutive hits to open the sixth, including Alex Presley's leadoff homer, before retiring the next three batters to end the inning.
"Hiro was good," Mattingly said. "He was sharper than his last two outings, like he had a little zip back. It felt like he was throwing the ball where he wanted. The MRI helped him because it let him know there was no damage and gave him the freedom as a player to go out there and let it go."
Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke (0-2) gave up three runs and five hits in three innings, walked two and struck out none in his second major league start after being recalled from Triple-A on Sept. 6.
Locke, who lives in New Hampshire, said it was his first time being out of the Eastern time zone.
"It was very exciting," he said. "It's definitely an honor to come here and pitch in one of the legendary stadiums of all time. I had this adrenaline going. But I wasn't nervous at all. I just left a lot of pitches up and got into a lot of deep counts."
Pittsburgh is 17-39 since July 20, when it was 51-44 and led the NL Central by a half-game.
The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the third on Kemp's single that increased his career high RBI total and Juan Rivera's fielder's choice groundout. Barajas tied the game at 1 in the second when his RBI double hit the left-field line.
The Pirates' other run came in the first when Garrett Jones scored on shortstop Gordon's throwing error that sailed past first base.
Kemp had his 51st multi-hit game, the most by a Dodger since Juan Pierre's 59 in 2007. ... Mattingly said he heard from GM Ned Colletti that LHP Clayton Kershaw won't be suspended by MLB after hitting Arizona's Gerardo Parra with a pitch and getting ejected Wednesday. ... Dodgers RHP Jonathan Broxton will have arthroscopic surgery Monday to reduce a spur on his right elbow and remove loose chips. He hasn't pitched since May while bothered by his elbow and a sore back. ... Pirates C Ryan Doumit had two singles to improve to 18 for 49 in 14 career games at Chavez Ravine.
|Players of the Game|
|Alex Presley, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.308|
|Neil Walker, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Ryan Doumit, C||4||0||2||0||0||2||1||.307|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.262|
|Garrett Jones, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.246|
|Ryan Ludwick, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.240|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||1||0||0||0||3||1||0||.194|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.253|
|Jeff Locke, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Jared Hughes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Pedro Ciriaco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.320|
|Daniel McCutchen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel Moskos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Resop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jason Jaramillo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.364|
|Brian Burres, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Xavier Paul, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|a-grounded into a double play for Hughes in the 5th|
|b-grounded out for Resop in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Burres in the 9th|
|2B - Neil Walker (28, Kuroda)|
|HR - Alex Presley (3, Kuroda)|
|RBI - Alex Presley (16)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Jeff Locke (L,0-2)||3||5||3||3||2||0||0||6.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 68-40, Jared Hughes 19-13, Daniel McCutchen 27-18, Daniel Moskos 1-1, Chris Resop 8-5, Brian Burres 26-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 6-3, Jared Hughes 3-0, Daniel McCutchen 1-0, Daniel Moskos 1-0, Chris Resop 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 16, Jared Hughes 4, Daniel McCutchen 7, Daniel Moskos 1, Chris Resop 2, Brian Burres 6|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dee Gordon, SS||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.277|
|Justin Sellers, 3B||2||1||0||0||1||0||1||.210|
|a- James Loney, PH-1B||1||1||1||3||0||0||0||.275|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.315|
|Juan Rivera, LF||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.258|
|Jerry Sands, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.218|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.233|
|Russ Mitchell, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||0||3||.171|
|Hong-Chih Kuo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Elbert, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- A.J. Ellis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Matt Guerrier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.287|
|Hiroki Kuroda, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.105|
|c- Aaron Miles, PH-3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.282|
|a-homered for Sellers in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Elbert in the 8th|
|c-singled for Kuroda in the 6th|
|2B - Jerry Sands (12, Locke), Rod Barajas (13, Locke)|
|HR - James Loney (10, Resop)|
|RBI - Dee Gordon (9), James Loney 3 (55), Matt Kemp (111), Juan Rivera (63), Rod Barajas (44)|
|2-OUT RBI - James Loney 3 (26)|
|SB - Dee Gordon 2 (21, 2nd base off Hughes/Doumit, 2nd base off Resop/Doumit), Juan Rivera (5, 2nd base off Locke/Doumit)|
|CS - Jerry Sands (3, 2nd base by D. McCutchen/Doumit)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Kuroda-Gordon-Mitchell|
|PB - Rod Barajas (3)|
|E - Matt Kemp (5, Dropped line drive), Dee Gordon (9, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hiroki Kuroda (W,12-16)||6||5||2||1||2||7||1||3.19|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 95-57, Hong-Chih Kuo 15-12, Scott Elbert 10-9, Matt Guerrier 25-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 5-5, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-0, Scott Elbert 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 24, Hong-Chih Kuo 3, Scott Elbert 4, Matt Guerrier 5|
|Attendance - 41148|
|Game Time - 3:14|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|