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Dodgers Batter Pirates 9-3

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With the Dodger bats backing him up, Hiroki Kuroda gave the Dodgers one of his patented starts with no walkages for the Dodgers’ 9-3 win.

Dodgers’ hitters picked up where they left off continuing to abuse the Pirates’ pitching staff. Andre Ethier hit two home runs and drove in four runs, Blake DeWitt had his first four-hit game of his Major League career and Xavier Paul went 2-for-5 notching his first triple and his first multi-hit game.

“We are swinging the bats with a lot more confidence now,” manager Joe Torre said. “It’s a real quiet confidence.”

James Loney and DeWitt got things started in the second inning with RBI doubles for the quick 2-0 lead, and the Dodgers kept rolling after Paul tripled to lead off the third and Ethier driving him home with a single for the 3-1 advantage.

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Although the Pirates would get a run back in the fourth inning, Ethier’s home run with Paul on first made it a 5-1 game in the fifth. Kemp hit a double and came home on James Loney’s single for the 6-1 lead.

DeWitt drove two more runs home on a double off of reliever Brian Bass, and Ethier capped off the scoring with a solo homer in the eighth inning off of Joel Hanrahan.

“I felt good out there,” DeWitt said of his four-hit game. “I just tried to go and have good at-bats every time up and had a good result today.”