PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justin Turner had five hits after taking a day off, Joc Pederson homered during a six-run sixth inning that featured consecutive bases-loaded plunkings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-7 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Matt Beaty had four RBIs and Corey Seager drove in two for the Dodgers, who got five innings of three-run ball from Kenta Maeda (6-2) in his return from the injured list. Los Angeles has won nine of 11.
Chris Archer (1-5) lost his fifth straight start. He allowed six walks and six hits over five innings of four-run ball, striking out just three while throwing 105 pitches.
Turner had a perfect day at the plate after taking a rest Saturday night. Manager Dave Roberts wanted to be cautious while Turner dealt with discomfort in his left shin.
Los Angeles broke it open against Montana DuRapau and Dovydas Neverauskas in the sixth. Two batters after Pederson’s leadoff homer, Turner singled and went to third on Cody Bellinger’s double, then scored on Adam Frazier’s error at second base. DuRapau walked Seager, then plunked Kiké Hernandez with a 3-2 pitch to put LA ahead 7-3.
Neverauskas relieved and hit Austin Barnes with a bases-loaded pitch while giving up three more runs.
Barnes was injured running the bases and left the game with left groin soreness.
Bryan Reynolds had a two-run homer for Pittsburgh in the second inning, the rookie’s fifth. Colin Moran added three hits.
Los Angeles tallied 12 hits and outscored Pittsburgh 28-11 during the series to improve to 6-0 against the Pirates this season.
Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli was placed on the 7-day concussion list. C Jacob Stallings and utility man Jose Osuna were recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, while utility man Jake Elmore was designated for assignment.
Dodgers: Return to Los Angeles for a four-game series against the Mets starting with an intriguing matchup between Clayton Kershaw (4-0, 3.33) and Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.72).
Pirates: Begin a four-game series against the Reds on Monday with a doubleheader, where Nick Kingham (1-1, 8.76) will pitch the afternoon game followed by Mitch Keller’s major league debut at night.
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