PITTSBURGH (AP)—Light-hitting Cesar Izturis drove in the decisive run and the Los Angeles Dodgers finished off a three-game sweep and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ worst home stand in 10 years, winning 6-2 Sunday.
The Dodgers scored four runs over the final three innings to win it. Izturis, who had three hits, had an RBI single in the seventh ahead of Mike Kinkade’s first homer in the eighth. Shawn Green added a two-run double in the ninth against Joe Beimel.
Kinkade’s homer was off Scott Sauerbeck, who gave up Shawn Green’s decisive homer—also in the eighth—in a 4-3 Dodgers’ win Saturday night.
The Dodgers came from behind in all three games and now are 11-2 in Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001. They came into the series off two straight losses and four in five games.
The Pirates’ 3-9 record was their worst in a homestand of 12 games or longer since they went 3-10 from July 19-29, 1993, the year after their last winning season and division championship. They have lost five straight, eight of 10 and 14 of 20.
The Pirates have been held to three or fewer runs in 17 of those 20 games and have scored only eight runs in their last 45 innings.
Kazuhisa Ishii (2-1) gave the Dodgers a third consecutive strong start in the series, limiting the Pirates to two runs and five hits in six innings before giving way to a pinch-hitter.
With the score tied at 2, Jolbert Cabrera—filling in for the injured Dave Roberts in center field—tripled to center to start the seventh against Jeff Suppan (4-1). Suppan failed to become the first Pirates starter since Neal Heaton in 1990 to start 5-0.
Izturis, who came into the game hitting .207 with only two RBIs in 82 at-bats—then singled up the middle to drive in the go-ahead run. He had three hits. Izturis also singled and scored the Dodgers’ first run on Alex Cora’s double in the third.
Izturis may have prevented the Dodgers from adding on more runs in the seventh when he was doubled off second on Paul Lo Duca’s one-out fly ball to left.
The Pirates couldn’t hold leads of 1-0 and 2-1. The Dodgers tied it at 2 on Adrian Beltre’s run-scoring double in the fourth, his fifth hit in the series. He is 19-for-34 against the Pirates the last two seasons.
Jason Kendall had a sacrifice fly in the first following singles by Pokey Reese and Jack Wilson, but grounded into a double play after reliever Paul Quantrill gave up singles to the first two batters he faced in the eighth.
Reese (3-for-4) and Wilson (4-for-4), the Pirates 1-2 hitters, combined for seven of their nine hits. Wilson’s only other four-hit game was June 8, 2002, against the Brewers. … Sauerbeck has given up three homers in 11 1-3 innings after yielding only four in 62 2-3 innings last season. … Kinkade, making a spot start in left field, came up with a sprawling, backhanded catch on the warning track of Kevin Young’s fly ball in the second. … The Dodgerswere 4-9 on the road before the sweep.