Dodgers Vs. Pirates Recap: Haren Hit Hard Early, Offense Nonexistent
After splitting the first two games of the series, the Los Angeles Dodgers were looking to take the rubber match of the three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Dodgers failed to score in the top of the first inning and Dan Haren took the mound looking to bounce back after losing three straight.
It was not a good start for the right-hander who first walked a run in with the bases loaded, then allowed an RBI sac-fly to Ike Davis and the Pirates took an early 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, a two-RBI double Josh Harrison extended the Pirates’ lead to 4-0.
Travis Snider hit a solo home run in the second inning and the Pirates held a comfortable 5-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Francisco Liriano continued his success against the Dodgers this season by carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Miguel Rojas hit a one-out double that broke up Liriano’s no-hit bid, but the Dodgers remained scoreless.
Matt Kemp hit an RBI ground out in the sixth and the Dodgers trailed, 5-1. Jamey Wright replaced Haren in the sixth and got out of the inning unscathed despite allowing two singles.
Paul Maholm took over for Wright in the seventh and let a two-out walk lead to another run for the Pirates by way of an Andrew McCutchen RBI double. With a five-run lead, Justin Wilson entered the game in the eighth and walked two runners, but got Adrian Gonzalez to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Chris Perez took over for the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth and allowed a leadoff single. The right-hander then got a fielder’s choice and double play to complete a better inning than his effort on Tuesday.
Jared Hughes got through the ninth without much resistance from the Dodgers and the Pirates won the game, 6-1.
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