EditorsNote: Edit 1: Corrected Frazier’s name in seventh graf.
Joc Pederson hit a two-run triple, and Clayton Kershaw pitched seven strong innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 3-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
The Dodgers were held scoreless by Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove over the first six innings before starting their rally in the seventh inning on a leadoff single by Max Muncy. After an Alex Verdugo single, Chris Taylor tied the game 1-1 on a sacrifice fly.
Austin Barnes singled, and one out later, Pederson delivered his two-run hit to right-center field.
Kershaw (1-0) gave up one run on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in just his third start of the season. His start to his season was delayed because of shoulder inflammation that cropped up early at spring training.
Musgrove (1-2) was solid yet again for the Pirates before finally running into trouble in the seventh. The right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and fanned five.
Musgrove had given up just five earned runs over his first five starts, and he entered the night with a 1.59 ERA.
Adam Frazier drove in a run on a third-inning single for the Pirates, who saw their losing streak extend to a season-worst seven games.
The Dodgers had just three hits off Musgrove heading into the deciding seventh inning, all singles, including one of the infield variety.
The Dodgers managed to stoke the ire of the Pirates during their game-winning rally as Muncy appeared to elbow catcher Francisco Cervelli as he raced to the plate on Taylor’s fly ball. The Pirates requested a replay for violation of the collision rule at home plate, but the play was not overturned.
The Pirates managed to load the bases with no outs against Caleb Ferguson in the eighth inning, but Pedro Baez escaped the jam by getting two popups and a strikeout. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save.
The Pirates did hold the Dodgers without a home run one day after Los Angeles set a major league record by homering in a 33rd consecutive home games, including 14 home games this season.
—Field Level Media