Porterville Recorder

Vogelbach’s go-ahead homer leads Pirates past Dodgers 5-3


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Daniel Vogelbach is a livewire in the dugout, so much so that Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton joked he might occasional­ly put his team’s designated hitter at first base just to get away from him for a bit.

It’s that intensity that endears Vogelbach to his teammates, an intensity that’s symbolic of a club trying to prove that for all of the talk about its future, the present can be compelling at times, too.

Vogelbach provided a reminder Wednesday, lashing a go-ahead home run off Daniel Hudson in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh took a series from the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time in nearly five years with a 5-3 victory.

Less than 24 hours after getting drilled in an 11-1 loss and minutes after a three-run lead disappeare­d, Vogelbach punctuated his fifth homer of the season with a little hop as he made his way toward first base.

“Everybody plays hard, nobody gives in,” Vogelbach said. “That’s a really, really good team over there that we just won a series against.”

Jack Suwinski hit his second home run in three days for Pittsburgh. J osh Vanmeter hit a two-run homer in the sixth and provided some insurance with a leadoff triple in the eighth that led to an insurance run — atoning for an error he made at second base that kickstarte­d a Los Angeles rally in the top of the seventh.

“It’s easy to get down after (the error) and then give an at-bat away, but good players don’t do that,” Vanmeter said. “That’s something I always try to pride myself on, always trying to come back.”

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