Brown (3-1) allowed one run and four hits with two strikeouts, issuing no walks.
gave up his first run of the season in the ninth, but picked up his 10th save, nailing down Los Angeles' seventh win in 10 games.
"If it is a non-save (situation), Kevin is going back out there with an additional cushion," Dodgers manager
said of removing Brown, who threw only 84 pitches. "But he realizes who we have out there in the pen."
"That is Eric's department," Brown concurred. "If we scored more runs I was going back out."
In three outings since suffering his only loss of the season on April 18 against San Francisco, Brown is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.
"Brown's stuff has been nasty," Dodgers catcher
Paul Lo Duca
said. "It's nice when he goes out there (and) you expect to win every game. It is exciting to know that you don't have to go out there and score a bunch of runs to win."
As Brown held the Pirates in check, retiring the last 11 hitters he faced, the Dodgers scored twice in the seventh inning to gain the victory.
started the decisive rally with a one-out double down the right field line. He advanced to third on a groundout by
. After Jeff D'Amico (2-3) issued his only walk - an intentional pass to
made the Pirates pay with an RBI single. Cora scored on a wild pitch before D'Amico retired Brown to end the inning.
"D'Amico threw the ball exceptionally well," Pirates manager
said. "He made quality pitches. ... Brown is tough, it was an outstanding outing by him as well."
Jordan's double and
's two-base hit in the eighth off reliever
were the only extra-base hits of the game.
D'Amico allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in seven innings. He struck out three and has allowed only nine earned runs in his last five starts.
"I am pitching better," D'Amico said. "But I couldn't get guys with two outs and runners in scoring position."
Los Angeles had been hitless against D'Amico following Lo Duca's single in the first inning, but got back on track in the sixth when
reached on an infield single and took second base when shorstop
threw the ball into the camera well on the first base line. That put him in position to score when Lo Duca followed with another single.
"I had a little trouble getting it out of my glove, and that pretty much gave them momentum," Wilson said. "You can't let these guys get runners in scoring position in close ballgames. They took advantage."
The Pirates got to Brown for a run in the third inning when
led off with a single, was bunted over and scored on
Pittsburgh, which closed out its six-game season series with Los Angeles with five losses, scored first in all six contests. The Pirates have lost 13 of their last 20 games overall.