LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Chavis and Tucupita Marcano each hit two-run homers and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Tuesday night to take their second straight series from the NL West leaders.
The Pirates won four of five games against the Dodgers in May and conclude their visit on Wednesday. They rapped out 11 hits in their first series win at Dodger Stadium since 2016.
“It is some of the best games we’ve played,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “We’ve just really been consistent against a really good team.”
The Dodgers dropped just their fifth series of the season after wasting several chances. They failed to capitalize on seven walks and a hit batter while managing just four hits. They were 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position in the first two games. Freddie Freeman was thrown out in the seventh trying to stretch a single into a double one night after his costly ninth-inning error.
“We just didn’t do a good job,” third baseman Justin Turner said. “We can play better.”
Mitch Keller (2-5) allowed two runs and two hits in five innings, ending a five-game skid as a starter. The right-hander, who struck out five and walked five, worked out of the bullpen in his last two appearances.
Wil Crowe retired the side in the ninth to earn his second save.
Marcano has hit safely in five of his first six games with the Pirates, highlighted by his first career homer — a three-run shot — in Monday’s 6-5 win.
“My confidence feels great now,” Marcano said in Spanish through a translator. “I’m seeing pitches really well. To help my team win means a lot to me.”
Chavis sent an 0-2 pitch from Julio Urías into the Dodgers’ bullpen in the first inning, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead as left fielder Kevin…