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Updated: Sunday, April 27, 2003 1:34 AM EDT
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4 6 0
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3 7 1
W Nomo (3-3)
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LOS ANGELES 4, PITTSBURGH 3
 

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Shawn Green 's home run with two outs in the top of the eighth inning snapped a tie as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 4-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Pirates .

After Los Angeles scored a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to erase a deficit, Green lined lefthander Scott Sauerbeck 's 2-1 pitch over the right field fence.

It was his third homer of the season and first since April 9 for Green, who had been hitless in his previous seven at-bats against Sauerbeck (0-2).

"It's been a real long stretch, something that I've battled my way through before," Green said. "Last year during the stretch, I started to lift the ball. This year, I've avoided that and tried to stay on the pitches."

"We've all been around," said Sauerbeck, who allowed his second homer of the season. "We'll keep our heads up. Nothing you can do. I didn't want to give up a home run tonight. I was aggressive, I went right after him. If I face him again, I'll go right out against him again."

The homer gave the Dodgers their second comeback win in as many days over the Pirates. They scored five times in the ninth in the series opener Friday and posted a 5-2 victory.

Los Angeles did not get a hit through the first four innings against Pirates starter Salomon Torres and faced a 3-0 deficit when Matt Stairs ' double in the fourth plated Randall Simon .

Dodgers starter Hideo Nomo (3-3) won his second straight start following a three-game losing streak, allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings.

Nomo, who notched his 100th career victory Sunday, struck out four and walked three. After allowing Stairs' hit, the Japanese righthander walked Reggie Sanders but induced Pokey Reese to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Nomo finished his outing by retiring nine of his final 11 batters and won for the sixth time in 10 career decisions against Pittsburgh.

Paul Quantrill worked a scoreless eighth and Eric Gagne worked around two hits for his seventh save in as many opportunities.

Making his first start of the season after seven relief outings, Torres coasted through four innings before running into trouble.

Fred McGriff and Adrian Beltre singled before an RBI groundout by Todd Hundley in the fifth. In the sixth, Torres gave up a leadoff single to Alex Cora , who took second on Cesar Izturis ' groundout. After hitting Green with an 0-2 pitch, Torres was replaced by Joe Beimel .

Mired in a 2-for-18 slump, Beltre greeted the reliever with a two-run single that tied the contest.

"It's just a matter of getting a break and getting rolling," Hundley said. "We've been taking baby steps and then the big hits come from Green and Beltre."

Pittsburgh, which had managed just three runs in the previous 27 innings, jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the third, when Jack Wilson 's triple scored Sanders and Kenny Lofton .


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