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Bucs lose close one 2-1 to Dodgers

Pittsburgh’s bats faltered in this one.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit two solo home runs off of Pittsburgh Pirates starter Tyler Anderson, and the Bucs’ anemic bats returned, as the Pirates managed just three total hits on the night off a bevy of L.A. pitchers to lose their second straight in the series to the Dodgers and their 12 straight in a row overall to L.A.

Pittsburgh only got hits from Adam Frazier, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Gregory Polanco, all singles, with the only run coming when Polanco’s hit in the first drove in a walked Bryan Reynolds, and that was all Pittsburgh could muster.

Pirates starter Anderson pitched pretty well other than the dingers, going six innings and giving up two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking two. Clay Holmes, Sam Howard, and David Bednar finished it out scoreless the rest of the way, but the damage was already done with Pittsburgh not getting much on the board.

That’s even after Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin, who was making his first start after coming off of the injured list, lasted just one and two-thirds innings after walking five batters in that short span. Five Dodgers relievers combined to take it home for L.A., with the win going to Victor Gonzalez and Kenley Jansen earning his 14th save of the season.

The Bucs will look to avoid a series sweep and break their L.A. losing streak in a 12:35 in the afternoon start. Patricia will be taking the reigns today and live tweeting the game, so make sure you follow Bucs Dugout on Twitter!