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Gerrit Cole and two relievers hold off Dodgers for another one-run win

The Pirates beat the Dodgers 4-3 to get their second consecutive one-run game to win series. Gerrit Cole and two relievers mow down 19 out of last 20 Dodgers.

Gerrit Cole
Gerrit Cole
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LOS ANGELES -- The Pirates have handled nearly everyone not from the NL Central this season including the Dodgers who they beat 4-3 on Sunday. The win gave the Pirates a 5-1 record against the Dodgers, a 23-7 record in the NL West and a 60-22 record against anyone not in the NL Central.

Gerrit Cole allowed a run in the first and second inning but aside from that, Cole pitched a very good game, Cole went seven innings, gave up three runs, six hits and struck out nine. Tony Watson retired the Dodgers in order in the eighth. Mark Melancon pitched the ninth and recorded his 48th save.

The Pirates allowed just one hit after the third inning, retiring 19 out of the last 20 Dodgers to bat.

Mike Bolsinger started and went 4⅓ innings, giving up four runs (three earned), five hits, three walks and struck out four. Yimi Garcia did allow one inherited runner to score, Garcia got the last two outs in five inning.

Four Dodger relievers kept the team in the game by pitching four scoreless innings. Carlos Frias made his first appearance since being activated off the 60-day disabled list and pitched two shutout innings and Jim Johnson followed with a scoreless eighth. J.P. Howell and Juan Nicasio combined to pitch the ninth inning.

The Dodgers got on the board in the first inning, Carl Crawford drilled a ball over Gregory Polanco's outstretched glove and hit bounced back far enough to give Crawford an easy triple.

Chase Utley and Corey Seager both struck out swinging but then Andre Ethier singled to center to score Crawford.

Francisco Cervelli led off the second with a single and he moved to second on Pedro Alvarez's ground out. With two out, Cole hit a ball off Bolsinger's arm and Bolsinger made a poor throw to first that allowed Cervelli to score.

In the bottom of the inning, with one out Joc Pederson singled and stole second. Alex Guerrero singled home Pederson to give the Dodgers back the lead.

The back and forth continued in the third, Starling Marte hit a solo shot to tie the game again.

The Pirates took the lead in the fourth inning, Pedro Alvarez hit a home run to right center to make 3-2.

Garcia came in for Bolsinger with one out and runners on first and second. With the runners going, Ramirez singled to left to score Polanco.

Scott Van Slyke would end the scoring when he hit a home run to make it a one-run game in the seventh but the Dodgers could get no closer.

Sunday particulars

Home runs: Starling Marte (17), Pedro Alvarez (25), Scott Van Slyke (6)

WP - Gerrit Cole (17-8): 7 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 9 strikeouts

LP - Mike Bolsinger (6-4): 4⅓ IP, 5 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Sv - Mark Melancon (48): 3 up, 3 down