PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf got his first win of the season, but it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Pirates beat the Dodgers 6-2 Thursday night. The loss mathematically eliminated the Dodgers from the National League West race.
Ohlendorf (1-2) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked none. It was the right-hander’s fifth start since rejoining the team on Aug. 23 after a stint on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort.
In his first win on the road since Aug. 11, 2009, Ohlendorf also hit a three-run home run.
Joel Hanrahan got pinch-hitter Aaron Miles to fly out to left field with the bases loaded in the ninth to earn his 38th save in 41 chances.
For Los Angeles, Dana Eveland (2-1) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out four and walked one. The left-hander made 35 pitches in the second when the Pirates batted around while scoring four runs.
Brandon Wood’s RBI single tied the game at 1-1 and Ohlendorf followed with his first career homer and first career RBIs on the first pitch from Eveland to make it 4-1.
In the bottom of the second, Ohlendorf needed just nine pitches to get out of the inning.
The Pirates added two runs in the eighth on a RBI double by Ryan Doumit and a RBI single by Ryan Ludwick.
The Dodgers’ runs came on Justin Sellers’ ground-rule double in the first and Russell Mitchell’s homer in the fifth.
The Dodgers lost for the fourth time in five games since briefly reaching the .500 mark last Saturday. They were eliminated with 12 games remaining in a troubled season that has included the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan on opening day, the franchise filing for bankruptcy and the ongoing battle between Frank McCourt and his ex-wife over ownership of the team.
The Dodgers’ lineup included just two regulars – Matt Kemp and James Loney. Kemp went 0 for 3 and got hit by a pitch, dropping him to 3 for 14 on the homestand. Loney was 0 for 4.
The Pirates and Dodgers continue their four-game series tonight at 10:10 p.m.