LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, Rodolfo Castro drove in four runs in three innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday night to complete their first sweep in Los Angeles in nearly 22 years.
The NL West-leading Dodgers lost their third in a row for the first time since dropping four straight from May 11-14 against the Pirates and Phillies. They were swept for the first time this season.
It doesn’t get any easier. The New York Mets are in town for a series starting Thursday between the NL’s two top teams.
The scrappy Pirates turned four double plays and improved to 11-13 on the road with their first sweep of the Dodgers since Aug. 7-9, 2015. They hadn’t swept a series at Dodger Stadium since Sept. 4-6, 2000.
Chase De Jong (4-9) got the win, giving up one hit in 1 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked one.
Reynolds’ two-out shot off Mitch White (1-1) in the fifth gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead. They took an early lead for the third straight game on Josh VanMeter’s RBI single in the first.
Michael Chavis doubled leading off the eighth and Castro followed with a two-run blast — his first of the season — that traveled 413 feet into the loge level, extending the Pirates’ lead to 5-2. He went 2 for 2 and drove two more runs on a shallow single to right in the ninth after replacing the injured VanMeter in the sixth.
Mookie Betts had a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth for the Dodgers, who pounded out 12 hits.
The Dodgers tied the game 1-all in the fourth on Chris Taylor’s RBI line-drive single that scored Trea Turner. Turner led off with a scorching line-drive double into the left field corner to extend his 24-game hitting streak, tops in the majors this season.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in that…