Justin Turner hit two homeruns and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Wednesday night.
Tyler Anderson pitched a solid game for Pittsburgh, giving up two runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Unfortunately, that was not enough to secure the victory, as the Bucs offense couldn’t produce more than a single run on the day. With the loss, Anderson fell to 3-6 with a 4.52 ERA on the season.
The Dodgers pitched by committee on this night, using a total of six arms, including Kenley Jansen, who earned his 14th save of the season by closing the Pirates down for the final four outs of the game.
Turner was the hero on this night, though, connecting on his first homerun in the top of the first inning to put the Dodgers in front early. Pittsburgh tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Gregory Polanco, scoring Bryan Reynolds.
The Bucs had multiple opportunities to score more runs early in the game but couldn’t capitalize on those opportunities. Thus, the game remained tied until the top of the third inning, when Turner hit his second homerun of the game (and 11th of the season) to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. That would be the final score.
For the second straight game, the Pirates played the Dodgers tough, but once again, they couldn’t find a way to win the game. They will now look to avoid the series sweep when they take the field at PNC Park tomorrow afternoon for the final game of their current home stand.
Record vs. Dodgers: 0-2
Record vs. N.L. West: 7-10
Record at Home: 13-18
Overall Record: 23-37
Let’s Go Bucs!