Los Angeles (19-10) at Pittsburgh (12-16)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Pittsburgh, PA
Temp: 79° F
  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun May 9, 2004
  • TV: FSN2, FSPI
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The Los Angeles Dodgers look to improve on the National League’s best record as they try to complete a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Los Angeles has won three straight and four of its last five games, including a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Dodgers have specialized in winning the close ones as Saturday’s win gave them a perfect 10-0 record in one-run games this season.

“The last couple years, one run has been enough,” said Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning Saturday. “Sometimes we produce a lot of runs, and sometimes just enough, but it’s kind of nice to know most days that something good is going to happen. It was big for us to battle and squeak out that win.”

The Dodgers boast a 12-2 all-time record at PNC Park, which opened in 2001.

Eric Gagne got the final three outs for his 10th save of the season, and 73rd in a row dating to last season, extending his major league record.

“A lot has been said of our ability to win one-run games, and to do it you have to have go-to players in the bullpen,” Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said

Pittsburgh has dropped a season-high five straight games. The Pirates rallied from an early three-run deficit Saturday, only to fall short.

“This hurts,” Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Certainly we had some opportunities to push that go-ahead run across and couldn’t get it done.”

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