The Pirates moved to 18-17 on the year after a 4-1 win Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jeff Karstens allowed just one run in 5.2 innings despite scattering seven hits. The Bucs scored one in the third on an RBI single by Garrett Jones. The Bucs caught a huge break in the eighth, when Jose Tabata trapped a ball with a runner on first and no outs. The play was called a catch, and the Pirates doubled Matt Kemp off first. Don Mattingly and Juan Uribe were ejected for arguing the call, and ROOT cameras showed Tabata in the dugout after the play, winking at his teammates.
It might not have mattered, though, as Jones got on with a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning, and then Neil Walker brought home pinch-runner Xavier Paul with a double down the line. Lyle Overbay then got into a good count (when Hong-Chih Kuo missed the plate on his first two pitches) and smacked a double to right, scoring Walker. Then Ryan Doumit added a double of his own, scoring Overbay.
Joel Hanrahan nearly made things interesting in the ninth when he allowed a single by Rod Barajas and then failed to catch a throw to first, giving the Dodgers runners on first and second with one out. But Pedro Alvarez got Jamey Carroll on a fielder's choice, then made an excellent stop to get Aaron Miles for the third out.
Obviously, having a record over .500 at this point in the year doesn't really matter, but it certainly feels good.