Pirates lose 11-0 to Dodgers

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Manager Clint Hurdle stood near second base surrounded by three members of the umpire crew pleading his case, but to no avail.

Hurdle had trotted out after the second of three plays in the fourth inning that resulted in a Los Angeles Dodgers base runner without the ball leaving the infield. Each of those runners would score, and seven more runs, five in the ninth, would put the game well out of reach.

The Pirates' 11-0 loss to the Dodgers at PNC Park Tuesday was the Pirates' fifth loss in their past six games. They now hold a half-game lead over the Dodgers for the second NL wild card spot.

The loss, which came after a 55-minute rain delay, continued a tough stretch against the NL West. The Pirates have lost six of the past nine games to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Diego Padres and the Dodgers.

The Pirates allowed their opponent to score first for the eighth consecutive game and struggled at the plate against Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley. They got three hits in the first three innings, then went without a hit for three innings until Neil Walker singled to lead off the seventh. They were shut out for the 10th time this season.

Luis Cruz went 3 for 5 and drove in three runs for the Dodgers. Hanley Ramirez had three hits and James Loney had two.

Billingsley (9-9) pitched eight scoreless innings and allowed five hits. He entered the game with a 4-0 record and 2.03 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break.

The Pirates' inability to hang onto the ball helped the Dodgers in the fourth. Pedro Alvarez had Matt Kemp's line drive in his glove, but the ball bounced free and Kemp was safe. Andre Ethier grounded to Neil Walker, who moved to tag Kemp on his way to second, but the ball bounced loose when Kemp collided with Walker. Hurdle argued the point, but both runners were ruled safe and Walker was given an error.

Hanley Ramirez's slow dribbler down the third-base line stayed fair, loading the bases with no outs. James Loney grounded out to score a run before Luis Cruz delivered a two-run single that gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.

The Dodgers scored first in the third inning. Cruz singled and A.J. Ellis walked. Chad Billingsley sacrificed them to second and third, and Shane Victorino's groundout scored Cruz.

The Dodgers added to their lead in the sixth inning with three consecutive singles. The final one came from Cruz, his third hit of the day, and scored Hanley Ramirez. A.J. Ellis' deep sacrifice fly to center scored James Loney and the Dodgers led, 6-0.

Correia, who rejoined the rotation while the Pirates play a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, allowed six runs, five earned, in six innings. His streak of seven consecutive wins in games in which he received a decision broke, and his record fell to 9-7.

Jeff Locke replaced Correia and pitched two scoreless innings.

The Pirates had a shot in the second after Garrett Jones doubled to lead off the inning. Pedro Alvarez walked two batters later, but Rod Barajas lined out to third baseman Juan Uribe, who doubled Jones off second to end the inning.

In the third, the Pirates again had two men on and could not capitalize. Starling Marte reached on a fielder's choice and Travis Snider, starting for the first time since leaving Saturday's game due to hamstring tightness, smoked a double off the right-field wall. Chad Billingsley struck out Andrew McCutchen looking with an inside cut fastball to end the inning.

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Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @BrinkPG. First Published August 15, 2012 3:00 AM


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