It wasn't pretty, and at times it was infuriating, but the Dodgers pulled out a win on Saturday, beating the Pirates 5-3 in 11 innings at PNC Park, snapping a two-game losing streak. Andre Ethier opened the 11th inning with a double, scored on a single by Juan Uribe, then Nick Punto doubled for a two-run lead against Vin Mazzaro. The Pirates had retired 13 consecutive batters before the Dodgers rallied in the 11th inning. For the third time in his last four starts, Clayton Kershaw left after seven innings with a lead and saw that lead blown, costing him a win. Kershaw in four starts this season has allowed no runs, and not surprisingly is 4-0 in those starts. In his other 11 starts, the ones in which Kershaw has allowed at least one run, his ERA is 2.65 but his record is just 1-4, and the Dodgers even with their win on Saturday are just 4-7 in those games. For a while it looked like Brandon Cumpton would be the story and not Kershaw. Cumpton struck out the first four Dodgers he faced, two strikeouts shy of former Dodger Pete Richert's MLB record to open a career. Cumpton retired the first eight batters in his major league debut, but eight of the next 15 reached base as the Dodgers touched him up for three runs to give Kershaw a lead. Kershaw ran into some trouble in the sixth inning when the first two runners reached base, then old friend Russell Martin gave one a ride to left field. Luckily for the Dodgers, Skip Schumaker was there to rob Martin of a three-run home run with a catch over the wall to preserve a 3-1 lead. After recording the final two outs of the sixth inning, Kershaw struck out the side on 13 pitches in the seventh to conclude his day. Chris Withrow has gained a fan in manager Don Matingly, as for the second time in two major league starts Withrow was thrown into a setup role. On Saturday he started the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead, but allowed a bloop single, a walk and threw a wild pitch. Withrow rebounded to strikeout Gaby Sanchez and Russell Martin, but was removed in favor of lefty Paco Rodriguez with two outs. Neil Walker greeted Rodriguez with an RBI single to cut the Dodgers' lead in half, but that was all for the Pirates in the eighth.
Dodgers blow lead, come back to beat Pirates
True Blue L.A. | Jun 16