Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger hit homers, and five Dodgers pitchers held the host Pittsburgh Pirates to seven hits, all singles, in Los Angeles’ 5-0 win Tuesday.
Dodgers starter Ross Stripling (4-1) gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked none in five innings. Relievers Scott Alexander, Josh Fields, Pedro Baez and Daniel Hudson each pitched an inning to complete the shutout.
Los Angeles (30-30) won its fourth in a row and reached .500 by winning 14 of 18 games since May 17.
The Pirates (30-30) have lost three straight and fell to .500 for the first time this season. They are 4-13 since they were a season-best nine games over .500 on May 17.
It was the second straight shutout loss for Pittsburgh, which fell 5-0 Sunday at St. Louis.
Pittsburgh starter Joe Musgrove (2-1) gave up four runs, three of them earned, and six hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Musgrove started off strong, striking out the side in the first.
Matt Kemp led off the Dodgers’ second with a single to left, and Pederson followed with his fourth homer, to right, for a 2-0 lead.
It was his third homer in three games. It was also his third homer in his first three career at-bats against Musgrove; the first two came in the 2017 World Series when Musgrove was with the Houston Astros.
In the third, Kemp brought in another Los Angeles run. His sacrifice fly made it 3-0 after Pittsburgh shortstop Sean Rodriguez dropped the ball for an error on what could have been a double-play ball.
Puig led off the fourth with a homer to center, his seventh, for a 4-0 Dodgers lead.
Tyler Glasnow replaced Musgrove for the start of the sixth and gave up Bellinger’s two-out homer to center, making it 5-0. The blast was Bellinger’s ninth of the year.
That gave Los Angeles 12 homers in its past four games.
The start of the game was delayed by rain almost an hour.
—Field Level Media