The night after a thrilling win, the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped
back into second place in the NL West with a 10-6 loss Tuesday
night to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who got a grand slam from Jose
Bautista and six strong innings from Ian Snell.
The Pirates defeated the Dodgers, 10-6, on Tuesday night despite striking out 15 times. It was the third time this season that a team scored in double-figures despite at least 15 strikeouts. (The Braves and Nationals did it, both against the Phillies.) There were only two other such games during the live-ball era -- one in 2001, the other in 1975. • For more Elias Says, click here
San Diego regained the division lead with a 5-2 win over
Arizona. The Dodgers, meanwhile, lead the NL wild-card race by one
game over Philadelphia.
Asked if the Dodgers had a letdown after their dramatic rally in
an 11-10, 10-inning victory over the Padres on Monday, Los Angeles
manager Grady Little said, "The results appeared that way, but it
was the same situation -- we haven't been able to stop the bleeding
Snell, who held the Dodgers to one run and five hits, said it
was fun to play spoiler.
"I know we're not in a playoff race, so it feels good to say,
`Hey, you're not going anywhere if we're not going anywhere," he
said. "Our team is playing good right now, so we're just looking
forward to getting the season done and getting ready for next year
-- because I think we're going to have a great team."
Marlon Anderson hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to
pull the Dodgers within four, stirring the fresh memory of a night
earlier, when he hit the fourth consecutive homer for Los Angeles
in the ninth as the Dodgers made up a four-run deficit, then beat
San Diego on Nomar Garciaparra's two-run homer in the 10th.
The Dodgers went quietly in the ninth this time, as John Grabow
set them down in order.
"We played great, and we've been doing that for a while," said
Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy, the Dodgers' manager for the five
previous seasons. "We took some great at-bats in significant
"When you're playing against a team like this one with what
they have at stake, you know that they're going to keep coming at
you. So you can't let up. And we didn't."
Bautista drove a 2-0 pitch from Elmer Dessens down the
left-field line in the sixth inning for his second grand slam of
the year and of his career. Bautista's 14th homer landed in the
seats just beyond the 330-foot sign.
Left fielder Anderson tried to catch Bautista's drive, doing a
somersault into the stands -- and the fans -- when he crashed into
the low wall.
"From where I was, rounding first base, I thought he caught
it," Bautista said. "But then I saw that he took a long time
getting up, so I figured he didn't have it because he would have
tried showing [the umpire] the ball.
"It was a big relief when he didn't come up with the ball. I
guess that just shows you what kind of player he is -- going all out
Bautista finished with five RBIs, including a run-scoring single
in the second that tied it at 1. Xavier Nady hit his 17th home run
leading off the fourth against Hong-Chih Kuo (1-5) to give
Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead.
Snell (14-10) struck out seven and walked three.
The Dodgers scored twice in the seventh against Damaso Marte,
trimming Pittsburgh's lead to 6-3. But the Pirates responded with
four runs in the eighth against Brett Tomko, including Ronny
Paulino's two-run single and an RBI double by pinch-hitter Ryan
Dessens had replaced Kuo with one out and the bases loaded in
the sixth. He struck out Paulino before Bautista came up.
Kuo, making his third start after spending two seasons in the
bullpen, gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck
out eight and walked two.
Rafael Furcal hit Snell's first pitch of the game over the wall in
right-center for his sixth leadoff homer of the year and 18th of
Pittsburgh LHP Paul Maholm, scheduled to pitch Thursday
against the Dodgers, will be pushed back because of tenderness in
his rotator cuff. Fellow rookie LHP Shane Youman will make his
second major league start instead. ... Furcal became the third Los
Angeles Dodger to hit as many as six leadoff homers in a single
season. Davey Lopes had seven in 1979. He also hit six in 1980, and
he and Todd Hollandsworth, who had six in 2000, are the only other
L.A. Dodgers to hit as many as six.