LOS ANGELES — — It was a hazy Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, sunshine only occasionally broke through the cloud cover. And for a while it looked like the Dodgers were playing in a haze.
Down by as many four runs, the Dodgers took the lead in the seventh on a Max Muncy single that scored Chris Taylor. Cody Bellinger followed with a great plate appearance that ended with a single to right center that scored Joc Pederson.
The Dodgers would go on to win 7-6 and that extended their winning streak to four games.
While he won’t get credit for the victory, Rich Hill did all he could to keep the Dodgers in the game. Hill finished his first start with six innings pitched. He retired the last 13 hitters he faced. Hill gave up five runs (one earned) and five hits. He struck out six with no walks.
The Pirates scored first when their second hitter, Melky Cabrera, homered to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers tied up the game in the bottom of the first. Pederson walked and Muncy singled him to third. Bellinger’s sacrifice fly scored Pederson.
However that was short-lived because in the second inning, the Pirates scored four unearned runs. Elias Diaz got to second on a throwing error by Muncy. A bunt single by Cole Tucker put runners on the corners.
Pablo Reyes bounced a grounder through the right side to score Diaz. After Williams sacrificed runners to second and third, a ground out scored the second run of the inning.
Finally, Cabrera hit his second home run of the game to make it 5-1. It was the fifth time Melky Cabrera had a multi-home run game.
The Dodgers started their comeback in the fourth inning when Cody Bellinger hit his 14th home run of the season. That made it a three-run game.
But then in the fifth inning, the Dodgers got consecutive singles from Kiké Hernández and Russell Martin to start the inning. Hill sacrificed them to second and third.
After Pederson struck out, Corey Seager doubled home both runners. And then Muncy dropped a single into right field to tie the game.
Julio Urias entered the game in the seventh inning and pitched scoreless inning. In the eighth inning, Urias gave up a run and had runners on first and second with no outs. That was enough for Urias to record his second win of the season.
Kenley Jansen finished the game with two strikeouts as he recorded his 10th save.
Home runs: Melky Cabrera 2 (3), Cody Bellinger (14)
WP: Julio Urias (2-1) 2 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, 3 SO, 1 BB
LP: Richard Rodriguez (0-2) ⅓ IP, 2 runs (1 earned), 1 hit, 1 BB
SV: Kenley Jansen (10) 1 IP, 2 SO, 1 BB, 1 hit
The Dodgers will fly to San Francisco after the game as they prepare to start a six-game road trip. The Dodgers will begin play on Monday night with Kenta Maeda going against Jeff Samardzija. First pitch will be at 6:45 p.m. PDT and will be televised on SportsNet LA.