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LA rolls in opener
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Dodgers 8, Pirates 2
Hiroki Kuroda, who threw 83 pitches, fanned two and walked one. (Keith Srakocic/AP)
Behind Hiroki Kuroda's impressive seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball and some early timely hitting, the Dodgers trimmed their magic number to nine. James Loney drove in three, Manny Ramirez ripped a two-run double and Juan Pierre hit his first homer in two years.
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Series at a glance:
LAD
LA Dodgers (78-72)
Won 1
LA Dodgers 8, Pittsburgh 2   PIT
Pittsburgh (63-87)
Lost 1
September 15, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
LA Dodgers
0 0 3 2 0 1 1 1 0   8 12 0
Pittsburgh
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   2 5 1
Standings thru 9/15/08  |  Recap: LAD | PIT  |  Gameday  |  Dodgers stats  |  Pirates stats
LA Dodgers AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Martin, R, C 3 3 1 0 2 0 0 .276
  Ellis, A, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Pierre, CF-LF 5 3 3 1 0 0 2 .274
Ramirez, M, LF 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 .327
  b-Sweeney, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .128
  2-Repko, PR-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Loney, 1B 4 0 2 3 0 1 1 .299
Garciaparra, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 .243
  1-Ozuna, PR-2B 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .253
Kemp, RF-CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 .285
DeWitt, 2B-3B 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .261
Berroa, SS 4 0 0 0 1 0 4 .238
Kuroda, P 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 .120
  a-Young, D, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
  Saito, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Penny, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .192
Totals 34 8 12 7 8 3 20  

a-Struck out for Kuroda in the 8th. b-Walked for Ramirez, M in the 8th.
1-Ran for Garciaparra in the 7th. 2-Ran for Sweeney in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Garciaparra (7, Ohlendorf), Ramirez, M (33, Ohlendorf).
HR: Pierre (1, 6th inning off Salas, M, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Pierre 6; Ramirez, M 4; Kemp; Loney 2; Martin, R; Garciaparra 3.
RBI: Ramirez, M 2 (111), Loney 3 (86), Pierre (27), DeWitt (44).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Berroa; Garciaparra; Kuroda; Ozuna.
SF: DeWitt; Loney.
GIDP: Kuroda, Berroa.
Team RISP: 4-for-15.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Loney (7, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Doumit).

FIELDING
DP: (Berroa-DeWitt-Loney).

 
Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Morgan, LF 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .264
Sanchez, F, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .267
McLouth, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .280
Doumit, C 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 .319
LaRoche, 1B 4 1 1 2 0 0 3 .269
Moss, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .251
LaRoche, 3B 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .173
Cruz, SS 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .294
Ohlendorf, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Bixler, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .155
  Salas, M, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Pearce, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
  Sanchez, Ro, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Rivas, L, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .220
  Bautista, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Totals 30 2 5 2 2 4 14  

a-Grounded out for Ohlendorf in the 3rd. b-Flied out for Salas, M in the 6th. c-Flied out for Sanchez, Ro in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Morgan (8, Kuroda).
HR: LaRoche (20, 9th inning off Penny, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Sanchez, F 2; LaRoche 4; Morgan 3.
RBI: LaRoche 2 (75).
2-out RBI: LaRoche 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LaRoche; McLouth.
GIDP: Cruz.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
CS: LaRoche (1, 2nd base by Kuroda/Martin, R).

FIELDING
E: Doumit (8, throw).
Outfield assists: Moss (Loney at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Ohlendorf-Doumit-LaRoche, Cruz-Sanchez, F-LaRoche).

 
LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kuroda (W, 9-10) 7.0 3 0 0 1 2 0 3.77
Saito 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.13
Penny 1.0 2 2 2 0 0 1 6.27
 
Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ohlendorf (L, 1-3) 3.0 5 3 2 4 2 0 6.79
Salas, M 3.0 4 3 3 3 0 1 8.47
Sanchez, Ro 2.0 3 2 2 1 1 0 3.65
Bautista 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.17

WP: Ohlendorf 2, Sanchez, Ro.
HBP: Doumit (by Kuroda).
Pitches-strikes: Kuroda 83-55, Saito 21-13, Penny 13-11, Ohlendorf 70-43, Salas, M 56-29, Sanchez, Ro 31-18, Bautista 13-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kuroda 10-6, Saito 0-1, Penny 2-0, Ohlendorf 3-1, Salas, M 4-2, Sanchez, Ro 3-2, Bautista 1-2.
Batters faced: Kuroda 24, Saito 4, Penny 5, Ohlendorf 17, Salas, M 14, Sanchez, Ro 10, Bautista 3.
Umpires: HP: Fieldin Culbreth. 1B: Jim Reynolds. 2B: Tim Timmons. 3B: Gary Cederstrom.
Weather: 68 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:53.
Att: 13,147.
Venue: PNC Park.
September 15, 2008
September 15, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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