The Los Angeles Dodgers dropped a close victory behind the struggles of Evan Phillips, who has become the team’s go-to guy this season with six holds and 12 saves.

The Dodgers lost 7-9 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday (May 5) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers improved to 47-38 on the season, with a 2.5-game lead over the National League-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers went with Mookie Betts (second base), Freddie Freeman (first base), Will Smith (catcher), Max Muncy (third base), JD Martinez (designated hitter), David Peralta (left field), Jason Heyward (right field), James Outman (center field), Miguel Rojas (shortstop), and starting pitcher Emmitt Sheehan.

Pittsburgh countered with Andrew McCutchen (designated hitter)-Brian Reynolds (left field)-Henry Davis (right field)-Carlos Santana (first base)-Jack Swinsky (center field)-Nick Gonzalez (shortstop)-Jared Triolo (third base)-Rodolfo Castro (second base)-Austin Hedges (catcher) and starting pitcher Luis Ortiz.

Both teams battled back and forth throughout the game. The Dodgers jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Starter Sheehan was shaky and allowed three straight singles to start the inning. He then gave up a two-run double to Gonzalez to make it 0-2.

The Dodgers battled back in the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and third with back-to-back singles by Betts and Freeman, then scoring a run on a sacrifice fly by Smith to make it 1-2.

The Dodgers answered back in the bottom of the inning when Outman hit a four-seam fastball from Ortiz for a two-run home run to make it 3-2. With the bases loaded, Betts hit a solo shot over the left field fence to make it 4-2.

Another run came in the top of the fourth. Sheehan was unable to capitalize on the lead. The leadoff hitter gave up a solo home run to Swinski to make it 4-3. Hedges followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4. With runners on first and second, Reynolds gave up an RBI single to make it 4-5.

The Dodgers came out of the cannon again to regain the lead. In the bottom of the fourth inning, with the bases loaded, Outman hit his second home run of the game to regain the lead at 6-5.

Later in the game, a dark shadow began to fall on the Dodgers. In the top of the sixth, Davis singled with runners on first and second to make it 6-6. The Dodgers took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the eighth on a solo shot by pinch-hitter Johnny DeLuca, but Evans, who came on in the top of the ninth, gave up an RBI single to Triolo with runners on first and second and an RBI double to Josh Palacios with runners on first and third to make it 7-9.바카라사이트

For the Dodgers, starter Sheehan allowed five runs on four hits (one homer) with four walks and four strikeouts in 3⅔ innings. The team’s sixth starter, Phillips, took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

At the plate, James had a multi-hit game and Betts and Heyward each had multi-hit games, but they were overshadowed by the loss.

Pittsburgh’s batting order of Swinski, Gonzalez, and Triolo combined for seven hits and four RBIs to help the Pirates snap a three-game losing streak.

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