April 12, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (8) and right fielder Andre Ethier (16) after the series sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Dodgers Vs. Pirates: L.A. Sweeps Pittsburgh, Now 6-1

The Dodgers are 32-10 in their last 42 games against the Pirates at Dodger Stadium.

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Dodgers Vs. Pirates Final Score: L.A. Completes 3-Game Sweep With 3-2 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers completed their three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night with a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh at Dodger Stadium. The win was the Dodgers' sixth straight over the Pirates and moved Los Angeles to 6-1, the best record in MLB.

The Dodgers scored three runs in the first inning, on a sacrifice fly by Juan Rivera and a pair of RBI singles by James Loney and Juan Uribe. Loney's hit snapped an 0-for-16 streak to open the season.

The Dodgers didn't score after the first inning, and the Pirates tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but the bullpen made the lead hold up. Chris Capuano stuck out seven and walked none while pitching into the sixth inning for his first win of the season.

"Overall I'm happy. That first win can be a tough one to get. That was really a win that the bullpen deserved a lot of credit for," Capuano said after the game.

Javy Guerra pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save in three days, and fifth of the season.

The Dodgers welcome the San Diego Padres to Dodger Stadium for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday night with Aaron Harang facing Clayton Richard.

For more news and notes on Vin Scully and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Pirates Starting Lineups, Notes, Juan Rivera As RBI Man

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to complete a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Chris Capuano takes the hill for Los Angeles, who has won five of their first six games. Jeff Karstens starts for the Pirates.

Juan Rivera has hit five home runs in 68 games since coming to the Dodgers last July. But he has also driven in 49 runs during that span, hitting .282/.338/.407 in Los Angeles, including a pair of run-scoring singles Wednesday night against Pittsburgh.

"He's never been a huge home run guy. He's always been, for me, a close to .300 guy who drove in runs," manager Don Mattingly said before Thursday's game. "What he's doing for us is what I've always pictured him as being. I've never looked at him as a home run hitter, a guy who will hit 30."

Rivera will bat fifth tonight for the Dodgers, his normal spot behind Andre Ethier with a right-handed pitcher on the mound. Here are Thursday's starting lineups:

Pirates (2-3)

Tabata RF
Harrison 2B
McCutchen CF
McGehee 1B
Navarro LF
Barmes SS
Alvarez 3B
McKenry C
Karstens P

Dodgers (5-1)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Capuano P

For more news and notes on Vin Scully and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Pirates Game Preview: Kenley Jansen, Javy Guerra Key Early Wins For L.A.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a great start to their 2012 season, winning five of their first six games. They have won the first two games of their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, following a simple formula. Get a quality start, then turn the game over to the back end of the bullpen of Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra.

"Javy's been solid, he's been sharp, he's attacked the strike zone. We like this guy's stuff. He's tough to pick up, he's got a lot of weapons," Mattingly said of his closer, who is 4-for-4 in save opportunities so far this season. "It's like Javy and Kenley talked about this spring, they feel that when the game gets to them in the eighth or ninth inning, the game is over."

Guerra has retired 11 of the 13 batters he has faced so far, while Jansen has retired 12 of his last 13 batters faced, with seven strikeouts during that span.

The Dodgers go for the sweep of Pittsburgh tonight, with Chris Capuano on the mound. Capuano was cruising in his last start, allowing no runs through four innings before imploding in the fifth. Capuano walked three and was removed in what would become a five-run fifth inning for San Diego.

Jeff Karstens gets the start for Pittsburgh, who has lost 31 of their last 41 games at Dodger Stadium.

For more news and notes on Vin Scully and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Pirates Final Score: Juan Rivera, Chad Billingsley Shine In 4-1 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers got production from the middle of their order on Wednesday night in their 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium, the second straight win for the Dodgers. At 5-1, the Dodgers have the best record in baseball.

Juan Rivera had three hits, including a pair of RBI singles, in the win, and Andre Ethier had two hits and an RBI of his own, his team-leading 10th run batted in of the season. Matt Kemp chipped in with three hits and a run, though his RBI streak was snapped at nine games.

They helped make a winner out of Chad Billingsley (2-0), who allowed just one run in six innings while striking out four and walking none. Billingsley was pulled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth with the Dodgers up 2-1 but threatening with the bases loaded and two outs. He threw just 77 pitches.

Manager Don Mattingly likes what he sees so far from Billingsley.

"Some of the things that Rick [Honeycutt, pitching coach] talked about last year, him working on through the winter, it looks like it's paying off," Mattingly said.

The Dodgers go for the sweep on Thursday night, wtih Chris Capuano facing Jeff Karstens in the finale.

For more news and notes on Vin Scully and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Pirates Starting Lineups: James Loney Sits Vs. LHP Erik Bedard

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their second straight win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, and if the starting pitchers pitch tonight like they did in their last start we are in for quite a gem at Dodger Stadium. chad Billingsley struck out 11 while pitching into the ninth inning without giving up a run Friday in San Diego, while Erik Bedard allowed just one run in seven innings against the Phillies.

With the left-handed Bedard on the mound, Dodgers first baseman James Loney is sitting tonight for the second time in three games against lefty starters this season. Loney has started the season 0-for-14 but manager Don Mattingly said Loney would be starting tonight if the opposing pitcher was right-handed.

"It has really been the plan since we went into spring training, is giving him days off against lefties," Mattingly said. "There are still plenty of at-bats for James."

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Pirates (2-2)

Presley LF
McLouth RF
McCutchen CF
Walker 2B
Jones 1B
Barajas C
Alvarez 3B
Barmes SS
Bedard P

Dodgers (4-1)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Rivera 1B
Ethier RF
Hairston LF
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Billingsley P

The Dodgers are 58-23 against the Pirates dating back to 2001, including 30-10 at Dodger Stadium.

For more news and notes on Vin Scully and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Pirates: Andre Ethier Home Run Gives Dodgers 2-1 Win

More: Relaxed Ethier Delivers for Dodgers

Andre Ethier hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon in the home opener at Dodger Stadium. Ethier's home run was his second of the season, and came on his 30th birthday.

"If I could kiss my twenties goodbye this is the way to do it," Ethier said after the game.

The home run by Ethier, off Pirates reliever Jason Grilli, broke a 1-1 tie, after both starters pitched quite well. Clayton Kershaw, five days removed from the stomach flu but still not quite 100%, threw 88 pitches in seven innings, allowing just one run. Kershaw walked none and struck out seven.

Pittsburgh starter Kevin Correia allowed a single run as well, in six frames.

Matt Kemp drove in Dee Gordon for the Dodgers' first run, in the first inning. That gave Kemp an RBI in nine straight games, dating back to last season, tying the franchise record set by Augie Galan in 1944 and Roy Campanella in 1955.

The Dodgers (4-1) host the Pirates (2-2) again on Wednesday night, with Chad Billingsley facing Erik Bedard.

For more news and notes on Vin Scully and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Pirates: Home Opener Starting Lineups

The Dodgers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, and as I type The Beach Boys are performing "Little Surfer Girl" on the field. The music group will also sing the national anthem today in the home opener at Dodger Stadium, and will be a part of several promotions with the team all year, as The Beach Boys are also celebrating their 50th anniversary.

There is no Vin Scully today at Dodger Stadium, missing just his second home opener in 63 years, but the game goes on as the Dodgers battle the Pirates. Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, making his third straight home opener start, facing Kevin Correia of the Pirates. Here are the starting lineups:

Pirates (2-1)

Tabata RF
Presley LF
McCutchen CF
McGehee 3B
Hague 1B
Walker 2B
Barajas C
Barmes SS
Correia P

Dodgers (3-1)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Kershaw P

For more news and notes on Vin Scully and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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