LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clutch hitting from Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez helped the Pittsburgh Pirates finally win a series in Dodger Stadium after a seven-year drought.
McCutchen hit his first home run in over a month, doubled twice and scored two runs to help the Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday and take three of four from the defending NL West champions.
"It's good that we were able to get three out of four against a really good team here in L.A.," McCutchen said. "We haven't done that in a long time, so it's a step in the right direction, definitely."
Alvarez drove in three runs against Zack Greinke and Josh Harrison homered against Chris Perez, helping the Pirates win for the eighth time in 12 games. The last time they captured a series at Chavez Ravine was in September 2006, when they took two of three under then manager Jim Tracy.
"We've been out here a lot and not done a whole lot. So it was a big thing for us — because we flat-out believe we can play," skipper Clint Hurdle said. "We needed to knock this off our 'to-do' list, and we were able to. We knew what we were facing here, and we outpitched them for three of the four days. We played three really clean ballgames. We have confidence and we have enough edge and grit, and I think it showed up this weekend."
Edinson Volquez (3-4) allowed two runs and five hits over five innings, striking out six and walking one.
"You've got to stay focused on what you're doing, especially against those guys because they have a good lineup," Volquez said. "You can't make a lot of mistakes against them, especially with Greinke because he's one of the best pitchers in the National League. Tonight I had better fastball command than I did in New York, so I was able to throw more strikes and keep the fastball down."
Jason Grilli, the fifth Pirates pitcher, got three outs for his eighth save and third of the series after giving up a pair of two-out walks and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke. It was the Dodgers only hit after Justin Turner's solo homer with one out in the fourth.
Greinke (8-2) gave up a season-worst four runs and five hits in seven innings and struck out seven.
"He's an ultra-competitor. And to beat him, you've got to out-compete him," Hurdle said. "We laid off some tight pitches, we worked some counts, got his pitch count up, then we hit some pitches we were able to handle and got the barrel on them. But that was the plan coming in. I mean, you give him strike one and he can cut you up three different ways. So we just tried to be as aggressive as he was. We were looking for fastballs early, and his location played into it."
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