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Despite a troublesome April, the Los Angeles Dodgers are perfect in May.

Tonight’s 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates (10- 3) at Dodger Stadium was the first of the new month for the home team (9-14.) On an evening that turned brisk quick the Dodgers looked strong, playing well-rounded baseball. This look opposed the uneven ball that was the Dodgers' rough April, where they showcased a plethora of weaknesses.

The Dodgers pitched rookie Carlos Monasterios in his first major league start. His seven relief appearances in April had been a bright spot for the bullpen. Tonight’s performance was a mix of looking like that, and making the fans nervous.

“He bent but he didn’t break,” said Manager Joe Torre. “That was the most important thing.”