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Dodgers bust out -- for one night, at least

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When reliever Matt Guerrier draws a bases-loaded walk, in his first at-bat in six years, you know it's a good night for the Dodgers.

It was a welcome reprieve for an offense that hasn't enjoyed many of these games this year. They had 15 hits and four walks en route to a 10-3 win over the Pirates.

"It's been tough. We're grinding it out," said Aaron Miles, who had three hits and two RBI. "We're trying to scratch runs out. The good thing is we're getting good pitching, so we're in every game. They're all close games. It's not like the other teams are scoring a bunch of runs off us.

"Finally, we broke out a bit, and I think it's big step for our team. It shows we can score runs, and hopefully there's more to come."

It was the most runs the Dodgers have scored since they broke out for 12 against the Cubs on April 22. Every starting position player scored at least one run. And all this occurred after five scoreless innings in which they were just one batter over the minimum.

The Dodgers went into the season concerned about their lack of hitter with high on-base percentages. That actually hasn't been as big a concern as feared.

Coming into the game, they were 14th in the league in walks but sixth in batting average and seventh in on-base percentage. This was the fourth time in five games they've had 10 or more hits in a game, and the other game was eight hits.

It's the lack of extra-base hits that's been most troubling.

Matt Kemp's home run in the sixth inning -- the biggest hit because it went from 1-0 to 4-0 -- was just the second three-run shot by the Dodgers this year. They've hit no grand slams. They are 13th in doubles and 12th in home runs, which leads to 12th in slugging percentage.

Coming into the game, the Dodgers had 38 hits on the road trip and just four extra-base hits. Even in this game, only two of the 15 hits were for extra bases. Besides the homer by Kemp, the other extra-base hit was a double by Rod Barajas.

But those are concerns for another day.

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