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L.A. Dodgers (29-38) «000012000025101
Pittsburgh (40-28)10000001100391

Dodgers edge Pirates in 11

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PITTSBURGH -- Clayton Kershaw can't catch a break in the win column. It's a sacrifice he can accept so long as the Los Angeles Dodgers find other ways to get it done.

Juan Uribe singled home Andre Ethier in the top of the 11th inning and the Dodgers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Saturday.

Ethier doubled off Vin Mazzaro (3-1) leading off the 11th then raced home when Uribe's chopper went over the head of third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Nick Punto drove in Uribe with a double to the gap one batter later to provide some insurance.

Peter Moylan (1-0) picked up the win after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the 10th. Brandon League, who lost his job as the closer to Kenley Jansen this week, managed the final three outs for his 14th save.

Jansen surrendered a solo homer to Pittsburgh's Travis Snider in the ninth, but the Dodgers recovered to improve to 13-2 in their last 15 games against the Pirates.

"Right now, every win is good," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "It's what we've been kind of talking about, staying afloat and treading water until we can put together some semblance of a winning streak."

Though Jansen blew the save, there is no plan to switch back to League.

"Kenley is throwing good," Mattingly said. "I don't want to start that up again."

Kershaw scattered three hits over seven innings while lowering his ERA to a National League-leading 1.84, but failed to pick up his first win in three weeks when the Dodgers' bullpen faltered. Kershaw's record remains stalled at 5-4 even though he's allowed three earned runs or fewer 14 of his 15 starts this season.

"You can control what you can control," Kershaw said. "The main thing is giving your team a chance to win the game and we were able to win today."

Ethier finished 3 for 5 with an RBI and Skip Schumaker and Mark Ellis also drove in runs for Los Angeles, which won for just the fourth time in its last 16 road games.

"It's a little disappointing that he didn't get the win because he deserved it," Ethier said of Kershaw. "When you see them score a run in ninth, it's a little sickening feeling that one got away from him."

Pittsburgh's Brandon Cumpton allowed three runs on seven hits in five-plus innings during his major-league debut. He struck out five of the first six batters he faced but faded as the game wore on.

The Pirates had a chance to win it in the 10th when Neil Walker smacked a ball down the right-field line with Russell Martin on first. Los Angeles rookie right fielder Yasiel Puig had trouble with the ball, but Martin was held at third even as Puig's throw went well up the third-base line. The Dodgers intentionally walked Pedro Alvarez and Michael McKenry flew out to right to extend the game.

League, who has blown four saves this season, nearly made it five. The Pirates put runners on second and third in the 11th, but Andrew McCutchen grounded out and Gaby Sanchez hit a sinking liner to left that Schumaker tracked down.

Even with the victory, the underachieving Dodgers remain nine games under .500 (29-38) as the season nears its midway point.

"We've dug ourselves such a big hole that we've got to put some winning streaks together," Kershaw said. "We can talk about it all day but we've got to start doing it."

Kershaw is the third Cy Young winner the Pirates have faced in five days. Pittsburgh beat San Francisco's Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito on Tuesday and Wednesday, knocking both around in the process.

Not this time.

The Pirates went up 1-0 early when Alex Presley doubled leading off and then scored on a fielder's choice. That would be about it. The Pirates put two runners on in the third and sixth innings, but couldn't scratch out a run, giving the Dodgers enough time to figure out Cumpton.

The 24-year-old appeared immune to the nerves early in his big-league debut, striking out the side in the first. He retired the first eight batters he faced before walking Kershaw in the third.

The third trip through the lineup, however, proved problematic.

Schumaker drove in A.J. Ellis in the fifth to tie the game before Cumpton unraveled in the sixth.

Adrian Gonzalez led off with a double and moved to third on Hanley Ramirez's single. Ethier drove home Gonzalez and Mark Ellis hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Justin Wilson to put the Dodgers up 2-0.

Pittsburgh closed within a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Walker, but reliever Paco Rodriguez got Alvarez to ground out meekly to first to end the threat.

Jensen came on in the ninth and blew his first save since inheriting the closer's job from League when Snider took a 2-2 fastball and put it well into the center-field seats for his third homer of the year.

League allowed infield singles to Snider and Jordy Mercer in the 11th but survived.

Notes

  • Los Angeles reliever J.P. Howell began his two-game suspension for his role in a brawl between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks this week. Howell planned to appeal but dropped it on Saturday.
  • Puig went 1 for 5 and has hit safely in 10 of 12 games since making his debut last month.
  • The series wraps up on Sunday. Pittsburgh rookie Gerrit Cole (1-0, 2.84 ERA) faces Zack Greinke (3-1, 3.68 ERA).
 
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LA's Clayton Kershaw fans eight and allows one run in seven innings but doesn't figure in the decision. (USATSI)
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

T. Snider
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, LF6011025 .263
Yasiel Puig, RF5010011 .455
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5110011 .304
Hanley Ramirez, SS5110021 .267
Andre Ethier, CF5131010 .244
Mark Ellis, 2B3001012 .268
Juan Uribe, 3B4111100 .274
A.J. Ellis, C5110013 .255
Clayton Kershaw, P0000200 .219
    Chris Withrow, P0000000 .000
    Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000000 .262
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Punto, PH1011000 .269
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
Totals40510539  
a-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 9th
b-doubled for Moylan in the 11th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (13, Cumpton), Andre Ethier (11, Mazzaro), Nick Punto (7, Mazzaro)
SF - Mark Ellis (4)
SH - Mark Ellis (2), Clayton Kershaw (3)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (13), Andre Ethier (18), Mark Ellis (18), Juan Uribe (13), Nick Punto (12)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (5), Nick Punto (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - A.J. Ellis (2, Interference)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw 7311380 1.84
Chris Withrow (H,1) 0.2111120 13.50
Paco Rodriguez (H,9) 0.1100000 3.38
Kenley Jansen (BS,2) 1111011 2.57
Peter Moylan (W,1-0) 1100210 0.00
Brandon League (S,14) 1200000 5.54
IBB - Alvarez by Peter Moylan
WP - Chris Withrow (1), Brandon League (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 114-72, Chris Withrow 19-12, Paco Rodriguez 4-4, Kenley Jansen 16-12, Peter Moylan 23-11, Brandon League 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 6-7, Paco Rodriguez 1-0, Kenley Jansen 2-0, Peter Moylan 1-1, Brandon League 2-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 28, Chris Withrow 4, Paco Rodriguez 2, Kenley Jansen 4, Peter Moylan 6, Brandon League 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Presley, LF6110011 .226
Jordy Mercer, SS4120110 .279
Andrew McCutchen, CF4010213 .298
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4010114 .256
Russell Martin, C4001116 .247
Neil Walker, 2B5021024 .259
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4000114 .212
Brandon Inge, RF3000020 .198
    Justin Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Tony Watson, P0000000 .000
   a- Garrett Jones, PH1000010 .260
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
   b- Michael McKenry, PH1000003 .208
    Vin Mazzaro, P0000000 .000
Brandon Cumpton, P2000000 .000
    Bryan Morris, P0000000 .000
   c- Travis Snider, PH-RF3121010 .238
Totals41393612  
a-struck out for Watson in the 9th
b-flied out for Melancon in the 10th
c-struck out for Morris in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Presley (1, Kershaw), Neil Walker (7, Moylan)
HR - Travis Snider (3, Jansen)
SH - Jordy Mercer (2)
RBI - Russell Martin (21), Neil Walker (21), Travis Snider (20)
2-OUT RBI - Neil Walker (9)
SB - Russell Martin (3, 2nd base off Kershaw/Ellis)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Alex Presley (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Cumpton 5733150 5.40
Bryan Morris 2000210 1.88
Justin Wilson 1000010 2.35
Tony Watson 1000000 4.55
Mark Melancon 1000000 1.08
Vin Mazzaro (L,3-1) 1322020 3.07
WP - Vin Mazzaro (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Cumpton 76-50, Bryan Morris 25-14, Justin Wilson 16-10, Tony Watson 7-5, Mark Melancon 5-4, Vin Mazzaro 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Cumpton 5-5, Bryan Morris 3-2, Justin Wilson 1-1, Tony Watson 2-1, Mark Melancon 1-2, Vin Mazzaro 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Cumpton 23, Bryan Morris 8, Justin Wilson 3, Tony Watson 3, Mark Melancon 3, Vin Mazzaro 6
Game Information
Attendance - 36941
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt