LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- It may not have been the nicest weather, but the
continue to embrace the road.
The Pirates ignored a driving rainstorm in usually pleasant Southern California to roll to their fourth straight road win, a 5-3 triumph over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
delivered RBI singles in a three-run seventh inning and
worked around a walk in the ninth to notch his eighth save for the Pirates, who improved to 10-3 on the road after winning just 34 games away from PNC Park in 2002.
Pittsburgh has won the opener in each of its five road series this season and is averaging just over five runs per road contest.
"We had a tough homestand where we didn't play well," Pirates manager
said. "We felt we could get on the road, get a change of scenery and start playing baseball the way we should. We haven't been slowed down yet."
"We just have to find a way to win at home," Pirates left fielder
said. "We play extremely well on the road, but we need to be able to drive in runs and do the little things at home. Thank God for road trips, because who knows where we would be if we played all of them at home."
On Friday, Pittsburgh got five solid inning from starter
and a strong outing from the bullpen.
(1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless sixth and, after
allowed a run in the seventh,
and Williams each worked a hitless frame.
allowed two runs - one earned - and three hits in five innings, but
(0-1) was hurt by poor defense as he gave up three hits and three unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Los Angeles made three costly errors in a game that was delayed 16 minutes by rain at the outset.
"It was a weird night, 23 years in baseball and I have never seen it rain in Los Angeles for a baseball game," McClendon said. "There were tough conditions out there, but the Bucs won a game so it was well worth it."
"That was a very uncharacteristic game with the weather conditions," Dodgers manager
Ishii did not blame the conditions but teammate
didn't hide his feelings.
"The conditions did not bother me at all," Ishii said through an interpreter. "It is important for me to adjust to the bad conditions. I couldn't get the right timing in the first two innings, but found it later on. Unfortunately, it was too late. I have no excuses - they have to play in the same conditions."
"It was terrible, terrible conditions," Jordan said. "It was unbelievable. I was afraid someone was going to get hurt. Pitchers and infielders trying to make plays, that is how you pull muscles or strain backs."
Ishii stranded a pair of runners in the first and second but was not as fortunate in the third.
opened the inning with an infield single and
struck out, the Pirates pulled off a double steal and both runners scored when Kendall slid into second baseman
's glove, jarring the ball free and allowing both runners to score.
was charged with a throwing error on the play.
The Dodgers got even in the fourth on an RBI double by
and run-scoring single by Hundley.
The game remained tied, 2-2, into the seventh but again the Dodgers' defense betrayed them.
opened the inning by reaching on an error and took third on a base hit by
. Kendall gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead with a single to left but Quantrill got Ramirez on a forceout.
Sanders made it 4-2 with a forceout and took second when Cora threw the ball away.
was walked intentionally but
foiled the strategy with a single that scored Sanders.
Tavarez gave up a two-out RBI single to Cora in the seventh but Sauerbeck cruised through the eighth and Williams worked around a two-out walk in the ninth.
"From start to finish, it was very wet," Kendall said. "What are you going to do? You can go out and play or sit and whine about it. We went out and played, that is our job. Fortunately, we got the win."