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Dodgers 5, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH — Scott Kazmir didn’t have great stats, but the left-hander recovered to help the Dodgers salvage a win at Pittsburgh.
Los Angeles was looking at a four-game sweep after the Pirates scored four in the first. Kazmir, right, responded with four scoreless innings.
“It was resiliency,” L.A. manager Dave Roberts said. “We spot them four in the first, and (Kazmir) goes out there and throws up four zeroes and we responded, put up a crooked number and found a way to win.”
Kazmir, who entered with an 11.17 ERA at PNC Park, retired 12 in a row after Erik Kratz’s tworun single made it 4-0 in the first. The lefty allowed four hits, struck out four and walked four.
“He was a completely different guy on the mound,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said of Kazmir.
Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ sixth pitcher, got four outs for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
“I just wanted the ball, especially with us losing three games straight,” Jansen said. “I wanted to ask for five or four (batters). My teammates had been eating a lot of innings lately. I just wanted to help them.”
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