The Dodgers have won the season series against the Pirates for the last three seasons, taking 16 of the 21 meetings. Los Angeles has had no problems winning on the road, taking 10 of the 12 games at Pittsburgh.
The Dodgers opened their current six-game East Coast swing by taking two of three from the defending World Series champion Florida Marlins, capped by a 9-4 win at Florida on Thursday.
Green snapped an 0-for-10 slump with a three-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the seventh, giving him six this season. Both homers were to the opposite field.
“I worked in batting practice on some things with my stance, and I think it made a big difference,” Green said. “I definitely felt a lot better than I have the past week or so.”
The past few days hasn’t been that kind to the Pirates, who are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Astros. A six -game road trip had started promisingly with a three-game sweep at Milwaukee earlier in the week was erased at Houston.
“We knew it was going to be tough coming in,” said Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon. “They pitched well. They shut us down. As a result, they swept us.”
“It was a pretty easy series for them. They dominated.”