Dodgers bats break out in 11-7 win over Pirates

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh PiratesJune 6, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Teoscar Hernández (37) slides across home plate to score a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts each belted a three-run home run to lead the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers to an 11-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Los Angeles’ Teoscar Hernandez also went deep and Miguel Rojas drove in a pair of runs to highlight their respective three-hit performances. Enrique Hernandez had an RBI double and scored on a throwing error for the Dodgers, who had 14 hits to save the finale of their three-game series.

Michael Grove (3-2) replaced starter Walker Buehler and picked up the win after allowing one hit and striking out three over two scoreless innings.

Pittsburgh’s Oneil Cruz launched a three-run homer into the Allegheny River in the eighth inning to cut Los Angeles’ lead to 11-7. However, Alex Vesia struck out the batter in the ninth inning to end the game.

Nick Gonzales continued his career high with a career-high four RBIs in Pittsburgh’s 10-6 win on Wednesday by hitting a two-run homer in the third inning. Ke’Bryan Hayes had three singles and Jack Suwinski and Edward Olivares each drove in a run for the Pirates.

After the Pirates scored four straight runs to tie the game at 4-4, Teoscar Hernandez led off a six-run fifth inning by blasting a 1-0 fastball from Bailey Falter (3-3) over the wall in right-center field to throw.

Falter took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in four-plus innings. He struck out six with two walks.

Enrique Hernandez added an RBI double to center field and scored on a throwing error by catcher Henry Davis, giving Los Angeles a 7-4 lead. Betts plated two batters later, sending a 1-1 sinker by Ben Heller over the center-field wall for his 10th home run of the season.

Rojas’ RBI double in the sixth inning extended the Dodgers’ lead to 11-4.

Los Angeles got off to a fast start as Betts and Shohei Ohtani each singled before Freeman threw a fastball on Falter’s first pitch over the wall in right field. Freeman’s homer was his eighth of the season.

Rojas’ RBI single gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead before the Pirates began chipping away.

Suwinski had an RBI single in the second inning, Olivares added a sacrifice fly in the third and Gonzales capped an eight-pitch at-bat by sending a fastball from Buehler over the wall in left field for his fourth home run of the season .

–Field-level media

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