Dodgers 5, Pirates 6

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Ouch- Broxton has 8 blown saves now.... I definitely miss those Gagne days. Even Saito did a better job. 82% save percentage is not good enough- you need at least 85% or higher.

Two outs away from clinching the National League West title, the Dodgers let a three-run lead get away in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday and lost to the Pirates, 6-5, in Clayton Kershaw's return to the starting rotation.

The Dodgers took a 5-3 lead with three runs in the top of the inning but got sloppy in the bottom of the ninth after Jonathan Broxton allowed a pair of singles. Shortstop Rafael Furcal booted a possible double-play grounder and settled for a forceout, then made a run-scoring error trying an off-balance throw.

With the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Garrett Jones, Lastings Milledge hit a line single to the right-center gap and right fielder Andre Ethier booted the ball trying to cut it off as three runs scored.

The Dodgers still had a chance to lock up first place if the Cardinals defeat the Rockies in a game ongoing.

Consecutive singles by James Loney, Ronnie Belliard and Russell Martin broke a ninth-inning tie, with runs also scoring on a bad throw to the plate and a passed ball. Belliard, who singled and scored an inning earlier, left the game with an apparent leg injury after rounding first base on his ninth-inning hit.

Kershaw, in his second appearance and first start since separating his right (non-throwing) shoulder running into the fence at Dodger Stadium, made 77 pitches over four innings, charged with two runs on four hits, four strikeouts, a walk and two wild pitches.

Furcal ran his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out RBI single off Daniel McCutchen in the third inning that followed a one-out single by Orlando Hudson and Kershaw's sacrifice bunt. Pittsburgh took the lead with a pair of runs off Kershaw in the third inning, one scoring on an 0-2 wild pitch to Andy LaRoche, who then doubled home the other.

The Dodgers tied the game in the seventh inning when Pirates shortstop Luis Cruz dropped Jim Thome's double-play grounder with one out and the bases loaded and had to settle for throwing Thome out at first.

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