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Los Angeles Dodgers (9-13) at Pittsburgh Pirates (10-11), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Odalis Perez (0-1, 4.19)
Pittsburgh - Kip Wells (0-1, 3.13)
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams trying to end two-game slides will meet in
Pittsburgh tonight, as the Los Angeles Dodgers being a three-game series with
the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Dodgers fell 3-2 to the Cincinnati Reds in 11 innings Thursday night,
while the Pirates lost 3-1 to the San Francisco Giants yesterday afternoon at
PNC Park. The Pirates are in a big slump, having gone 3-8 in their last 11
games, after going 7-3 in their first 10.
Odalis Perez makes his return to the mound tonight after missing a turn in the
rotation due to a sprained right ankle. The lefthander suffered the injury
April 11 against the Giants and has yet to win this season. He has a lifetime
mark of 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA against the Pirates.
The Pirates will respond with 26-year-old righthander Kip Wells, who will make
his first career appearance against the Dodgers. This will be the fifth start
of the year for Wells, who has a loss and three no-decisions this season. He
is 0-4 over his last 10 outings dating back to last season and hasn't won
since last August 24 at Milwaukee.
Wells has surrendered just five hits and three earned runs in his last two
starts, a span of 13 innings.
Reggie Taylor's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Reds to
a 3-2 win over the Dodgers in the finale of their three-game set at Great
American Ball Park Thursday night. Alex Cora had three hits and Mike Kinkade's
RBI double forced extra innings for the Dodgers, who have dropped four of
their last six games.
Damian Moss threw seven-plus shutout innings to lead San Francisco to a 3-1
victory over Pittsburgh in the rubber match of their three-game set at PNC
Park Thursday afternoon. Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs drove in the lone run for
This is the first meeting of the season between the teams. Last year, the
Dodgers went 4-2 versus the Pirates. LA has won 11 of the last 13 meetings in
Dating back to last season, Pirates catcher Jason Kendall has reached base
safely in 28 straight games. That is the longest current streak in the major
Pittsburgh leftfielder Reggie Sanders, who has a team-leading 12 RBI this
season, has driven in just one run in his last 14 games.
The Dodgers will not face a team from the NL West again until hosting the
Colorado Rockies on May 20-22.
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