PITTSBURGH -- Chad Kuhl ended Clayton Kershaw's nine-game winning streak in his major league debut, and David Freese hit a three-run double that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Sunday night.
Kuhl (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings after getting called up from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game. The 23-year-old righty struck out five and walked four after going 6-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 14 minor league starts.
Kershaw (11-2) took his second loss of the season exactly two months after he was beaten by Miami on April 26. He gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings, striking out four and walking two.
The Pirates have won three in a row against the Dodgers after losing 13 of 15 overall and can sweep the four-game series Monday. Los Angeles arrived on a six-game winning streak.
Justin Turner drove in all three Dodgers runs and had two of their four hits. He hit a two-run homer, his 11th, off Kuhl in the third and pulled Los Angeles to 4-3 with a double in the fifth.
Turner attempted to score the tying run on an errant pitch by Kuhl. However, the ball caromed back to catcher Chris Stewart and he threw to Kuhl, who tagged out Turner at home plate to end the inning.
Frazier and Stewart both had two hits for the Pirates. Mercer extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single before getting injured.
Pirates: Mercer left with head and right ear discomfort. He was injured when he slid into second base and got tangled with Dodgers 2B Chase Utley while successfully breaking up an attempted double play on Freese's grounder to shortstop. . RHP Gerrit Cole (strained triceps) threw off a mound for the first time since leaving his June 10 start against St. Louis, but there is no timetable for his return. . RF Gregory Polanco (left leg discomfort) did not start for a third straight game. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.
GONZO GETS A BREAK
Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez did not start. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and stayed in the game. Gonzalez will be out of the lineup again Monday as he is being given a "mental break" by manager Dave Roberts. Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star, is hitting .181 in 23 games this month.
Pirates LHP Kyle Lobstein was optioned to Indianapolis to open a roster spot for Kuhl. RHP Curtis Partch, who was pitching at Indianapolis, was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Dodgers: LHP Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.52 ERA), who pitches Monday in the series finale, is 2-0 over his last six starts and will be making his first in Pittsburgh since June 27, 2008, with Tampa Bay.
Pirates: LHP Francisco Liriano (4-7, 5.17 ERA) is on a four-game losing streak but has a 4-0 career record against the Dodgers with a 2.73 ERA in five starts.