The hot-hitting Pirates scored nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as Pittsburgh demolished the Dodgers 13-6 on Sunday to sweep the three-game series.
Andrew McCutcheon put the Pirates ahead in the seventh with a two-run single, and Jung Ho Kang capped off the comeback with a three-run homer to right field. Eight of the nine runs came off struggling Dodgers reliever Jim Johnson who was acquired by Los Angeles at the trade deadline.
Pittsburgh's nine-run rally inning was the most runs scored in a single inning by the Bucs since July of 2012.
The Dodgers jumped out to an early lead for the third consecutive game. Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a double as he continues to swing a hot bat in the month of August. Adrian Gonzalez singled home Rollins and two batters later, Yasmani Grandal knocked in Gonzalez on a ground out to third.
Gonzalez knocked in two RBIs going 2-for-4 with a run scored
The lead would not last however as the Pirates erupted in the bottom half of the seventh. The Pirates batted around in the inning, sending 11 batters to the plate. Pittsburgh had six hits, one HBP, a walk and a three-run homer in the inning.
Johnson (2-5) surrendered eight of the nine runs and has struggled mightily since he was acquired from the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline. Johnson has allowed 10 runs on 11 hits in just 3.2 innings since joining the Dodgers on August 2nd.
Andrew McCutcheon continued to torch the Dodgers going 2-for-5 with four RBIs, a two-run home run and a run scored.
Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer to cap off the nine-run inning by the Bucs. Kang went 1-for3 with three RBIs, and two runs scored.
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-4 with a triple, home run, and was a double shy of the cycle.
Kiké Hernandez homered for the second straight game, a solo shot to deep center field in the top of the eighth inning.
Alex Wood started for the Dodgers, and was also a part of the trade with Atlanta that brought Johnson to the Dodgers. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits in five innings, but did not factor in the decision.
The Dodgers were given a scare when second baseman Howie Kendrick came up lame trying to beat out a slow dribble to first base in the top half of the fifth inning. Kendrick immediately reached for his hamstring and went into the training room.
Kendrick will most likely not play tomorrow in Los Angeles against the Washington Nationals, but will get re-evaluated and receive an MRI on Tuesday.
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