Wow- losing 3 out of 4 to the lowly Pirates is not the way to get ready for the postseason....
The Pirates spoiled the Dodgers' division clinching again on Monday with their third win in the four-game series, an 11-1 drubbing of Hiroki Kuroda that included a career-high five hits, two homers and six RBIs from former Dodger Andy LaRoche.
Kuroda pitched out of a first-inning jam but Delwyn Young and fellow Dodgers alum LaRoche punished him with second-inning doubles, Young driving in one run and LaRoche two in a rally with five unearned runs because of Mark Loretta's error. LaRoche added to the lead with a two-out homer to center in the fourth inning and an RBI double in the sixth off Guillermo Mota.
Although five of the seven runs charged to Kuroda were unearned, in four innings he allowed eight hits, four for extra bases, including back-to-back homers by LaRoche and Garrett Jones.
With Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake and Ronnie Belliard injured and Rafael Furcal and Russell Martin rested, a makeshift Dodgers lineup scratched out four hits against Zach Duke, who retired the 14 at one point. The Dodgers had three runners erased on the basepaths in the first three innings.