Sunday, April 7, 2013
Quick take: Dodgers 6, Pirates 2
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez drove in four of the Los Angeles Dodgers' runs Sunday in a 6-2 win that gave them a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It was one of those days that made the Dodgers think they got the better of last August's blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox. Carl Crawford, another part of that trade, has scored five of the team's 16 runs so far this season.
Crawford lined a double to left-center and scored on Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly in the third and then led off the fifth with a hit and scored when Gonzalez singled. Crawford is batting .450 after the opening homestand.
Hyun-Jin Ryu improved on his major-league debut, giving up only three hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Pirates' only scoring against Ryu came on Andrew McCutchen's deep two-run home run to left field in the first inning. That was Pittsburgh's first 2013 home run.
Gonzalez drove in the Dodgers' first two runs when he dribbled a single up the middle in the first inning. Justin Sellers broke an 0-for-15 season-opening slump by hitting a solo home run off reliever Chris Leroux leading off the seventh.
Fan interest seems to have held steady throughout the opening homestand. The Dodgers drew 52,053 fans Sunday and sold out half of their first six games.