05/24 21:32 CDT Freese's grand slam powers Dodgers by Pirates 10-2
Freese's grand slam powers Dodgers by Pirates 10-2
By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- David Freese hit a grand slam off opener Michael Feliz and
Cody Bellinger added his 18th homer, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the
Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 on Friday night.
The Pirates gave Feliz his first major league start in 157 career appearances
in an effort to address their injury-riddled starting rotation. The move
backfired. Feliz recorded just one out and exited after Freese sent a pitch
into the first row of seats in right-center field for his fourth homer of the
season and third career grand slam.
Bellinger, whose 45-game on-base streak ended Wednesday, kick-started another
one by hitting a two-run shot in seventh off Geoff Hartlieb. By then the
Dodgers had things well in hand. Bellinger finished 1 for 5, and his major
league-leading batting average dipped to .389.
Walker Buehler (5-1) cruised after being given the early cushion. Buehler
worked six innings, allowing one run and five hits.
Kevin Newman had an RBI double for Pittsburgh. First baseman Josh Bell, who
began the day leading the majors with 47 RBIs, went 1 for 4 but it wasn't
nearly enough for the Pirates.
Pittsburgh lost its seventh game by at least eight runs when Feliz --- named
the starter a few hours before first pitch as Pittsburgh scrambles to find
answers for a rotation missing Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams --- failed
to keep the Dodgers in check.
The surprise decision to start Feliz initially threw Los Angeles manager Dave
Roberts off balance. He switched his platoon-heavy lineup three times before
settling on one he hoped would be effective against the right-handed Feliz and
left-handed Steven Brault, who Roberts correctly figured would come in whenever
The tinkering worked. Matt Beatty led off with a single, Max Muncy followed
with an RBI double and Justin Turner singled to put runners on the corners.
Feliz managed to handle Bellinger but then walked Corey Seager to load the
bases for Freese.
The speakers at PNC Park briefly blasted Freese's walk-up song, a tribute of
sorts to the veteran third baseman who played two-plus seasons in Pittsburgh
before being traded to Los Angeles last summer. Freese returned the kindness by
ripping a laser just over the fence for his first grand slam since May 17,
2013, while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Feliz left for Brault, who gave up two runs while grinding through 5 2/3
innings. Buehler threw 74 of his 99 pitches for strikes and worked his way out
of minor trouble in the second and fifth innings to win for the first time in
Dodgers: RHP Joe Kelly was placed on the bereavement list, and OF Kyle Garlick
was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Kelly is expected to rejoin the team
on Monday. ... RHP Pedro Baez (right leg contusion) went through a pregame
workout and could return to action over the weekend after getting hurt against
Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Pirates: LF Corey Dickerson (strained right shoulder) went 0 for 4 with two
strikeouts in a rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis. ... RHP Chris Stratton
left after throwing six pitches in the seventh inning. Stratton grimaced after
firing a strike to Joc Pederson and motioned for the trainer before exiting
with right-side discomfort.
Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-1, 1.52 ERA) will look for his fifth straight win on
Saturday. The 32-year-old left-hander has allowed just four walks in 59 1/3
innings this season.
Pirates: Joe Musgrove (3-4, 3.67 ERA) is winless in two career starts against
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