Maeda, Bellinger help Dodgers complete sweep of Pirates, 5-2

Maeda, Bellinger help Dodgers complete sweep of Pirates, 5-2

After a walk to Justin Turner, Bellinger homered with two outs in the first inning for a 2-0 Los Angeles edge.

"It's a shame what happened in the first inning", Kuhl said.

When the Pirates showed up for a three-game series against the Dodgers, it appeared they caught a break by not having to face three-time Cy Young Award victor Clayton Kershaw. Since having his contract selected from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 25, Bellinger is hitting.322 (19-for-59) in 15 games with six homers and 17 RBIs. "We needed to hit the breaking ball and take that away from him, and we weren't able to do that". On Thursday, Maeda was placed on the disabled list with a tight left hamstring - an injury that did not pop up during the game, so far as anyone could tell. "He just kept throwing it and he didn't throw a lot of fastballs".

In the ninth, Harrison singled before Cervelli deposited Maeda's 99th pitch into the bleachers down the left-field line.

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Utley finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI as he stepped back into the time machine for the Boys in Blue. "And so for me and the coaches, it's just continuing to impress on the guys that the effort and focus has to be here every night". We received them (Wednesday).

LHP Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) is scheduled to start Tuesday at San Francisco. "For us to act on it, to be prudent, I think that's kind of what made that whole decision". In his last outing, he allowed just one run and two hits while striking out eight in seven innings. He tried tagging Harrison again as the Pirates' 2B got up, but Harrison stayed on the bag, laughing at the crafty move by Utley.

Maeda, who in his longest start in the majors a day earlier came within two outs of a complete game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, landed on the DL for the first time in his major-league career and was replaced on the roster by South Korean lefty Ryu Hyun-jin. Ryu struck out nine in his last start, but his ERA and six home runs allowed in 26 2/3 innings is of concern, especially in Colorado.

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