LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) James Loney #7 and Matt Kemp #27 congratulate Juan Rivera #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Ted Lilly pitched seven strong innings, and was backed by a strong performance from the offense as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 in the third game of a four-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers hit two home runs in the first three innings to chase former Dodger James McDonald, who lasted just three innings against his old team.
James Loney, who hit a pinch-hit three-run home run on Friday night against the Pirates, started on Saturday and did the same in his first at-bat, hitting a fastball into the right field pavilion for a 3-0 lead. Juan Rivera hit a two-run shot off McDonald in the third inning.
Lilly continued his good run of late, allowing just one run in seven innings, while striking out seven. He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last nine starts, and since the beginning of August has a 2.59 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 56 innings.
Matt Kemp had two hits of his own, and stole second base in the sixth inning. It was the 40th stolen base of the season for Kemp, who also has 33 home runs. Kemp is the 25th player in the 128-year history of the Dodgers to have 40 steals in a season. Kemp also scored his 100th run of the season tonight, giving him the 10th season by a Los Angeles Dodger with 100 runs and 100 RBI.
Pittsburgh rallied in the eighth inning, loading the bases with one out down 6-1 against relief pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. However, Kenley Jansen came in and struck out Ryan Ludwick and Garrett Jones to end the inning, and the Bucs' chances.
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