Green hit a two-run homer and scored twice and Dreifort combined with four relievers on a six-hitter as the
Los Angeles Dodgers
defeated Suppan and ended the
' four-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory.
A native of nearby Encino, Suppan (4-2) gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings in his second career start at Dodger Stadium. Staked to a quick 1-0 lead, he allowed RBI singles to
in the first inning and
Paul Lo Duca
in the fifth.
"I think the buildup before the game is not very different," said Suppan, who pitched before family and friends. "You still have to go out and prepare the same way. I still need to go out there and make pitches."
"Suppan pitched well, well enough to win," Pirates manager
said. "We had poor execution with runners in scoring position. Tonight was evidence of the problems we have been having all year long scoring runs. It was a little depressing."
Green, who doubled and scored on McGriff's base hit, gave Los Angeles some breathing room in the seventh with a two-run homer off former Dodger
"We got a home run by Green late in the game to take us from a 2-1 game to a 4-1 game. "It was a huge boost," Los Angeles manager
Dreifort (2-3) finally got some run support and won for the first time in four starts since April 9. He yielded one run and four hits in six innings walking two and striking out three.
"I was able to locate better later on in the game with my fastball and breaking ball," Dreifort said. "It's a matter of settling down the first couple of innings and just throwing to the catcher. Maybe it is a little too much adrenaline early on. When it wears off, I am a little more consistent."
In Dreifort's previous two outings, Los Angeles was shut out by Cincinnati and Philadelphia.
was excellent tonight," Tracy said. "With the exception of the two-out hit by (Randall) Simon with Lofton running, he put up six zeros."
Dreifort left with soreness in his right knee that is not related to the surgery he underwent last year.
"I just tweaked it a little. It continued to tighten up a little, that is pretty much it," he said. "I threw a pitch and when I landed, I felt it. It wasn't a popping sound, it was just something."
"That was the way we scripted it in spring training," Tracy said. "We got offense from the people we expect it from. We got our catalyst back in
and the great pitching from our starter and our bullpen."
Simon singled in Lofton in the top of the first, but Green doubled with two out in the bottom half and came around on McGriff's single.
In the fifth, Roberts reached on an infield hit with two outs, stole second and scored the go-ahead run on Lo Duca's single.
"I felt good tonight and had to take advantage of the opportunities they gave me," said Roberts, who missed seven games due to a strained right hamstring. "I am just happy to get a win and bring some energy and make things happen."