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Gorzelanny helps Pirates avoid sweep

Apr 23, 2007 - 1:59 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Tom Gorzelanny helped the Pittsburgh Pirates complete their road trip on a positive note.

Gorzelanny worked six effective innings and Adam LaRoche broke out of a slump as the Pirates averted a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 7-5 victory.

A surprise in the Pittsburgh rotation, Gorzelanny (3-0) gave up five runs - three earned - and five hits in six innings. The lefthander walked two and struck out six en route to his third straight win.

In helping the Pirates recover from Saturday's extra-inning loss in which Russell Martin hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th, Gorzelanny retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced.

"My stuff was pretty good today," Gorzelanny said. "I just tried to work deep into the game and let my hitters give us a chance to win." Gorzelanny hit a rough spot in the fourth when he faced nine Dodgers batters and allowed two runs before escaping with a one-run lead.

He allowed a leadoff single to Rafael Furcal, a one-out double by Almeado Saenz and a infield single to Luis Gonzalez that scored Furcal. The righthander then walked Russell Martin and Brady Clark to force in a run before getting Wilson Valdez to fly out.

"The fourth inning got to me a little bit, but I was able to battle through it like I knew I would have to," Gorzelanny said. "This is a tough lineup to face and you just have to stick with it." LaRoche, who was mired in a 2-for-34 funk, belted a solo homer in the sixth inning. Nate McLouth also had a run-scoring single in the frame as the Pirates took a 5-2 lead.

"LaRoche's homer was huge for us," Pittsburgh manager Jeff Cox said. "The whole middle of lineup stepped up when they needed to today. This is the first time in a while that we've had any type of sustained offense, and that was they key."

After Jason Bay's two-run double in the seventh gave the Pirates a 7-3 advantage, the Dodgers scored twice in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Martin and an RBI single by Nomar Garciaparra before Damaso Marte relieved Matt Capps and got the final out of the inning.

Salomon Torres (0-1), who squandered the save chance Saturday in the ninth inning, worked around an error and single in the ninth on Sunday for his fifth save.

"I give Torres all the credit in the world," Cox said. "We haven't made things very easy on him and he still goes out there with his head up high, pitching his heart out."

Brett Tomko (0-1), the only Dodgers starter yet to post a win, allowed five runs - three earned - and eight hits in six innings. The Dodgers lost for just the third time in their last 11 games.

Meanwhile Pittsburgh salvaged the final game of the series and completed a 3-4 road trip. The Pirates will start a nine-game homestand on Tuesday

"This was a huge win for us," said Jose Bautista, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games with a double in the fifth. "We avoided the sweep and will hopefully take this victory home with us and start the homestand right."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 1 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 7 11 1
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 5 8 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - TOM GORZELANNY, SHAWN CHACON (7TH), MATT CAPPS (8TH), DAMASO
    MARTE (8TH), SALOMON TORRES (9TH) AND HUMBERTO COTA
    LOS - BRETT TOMKO, CHAD BILLINGSLEY (7TH), JO

    Apr 22 7:16 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NOMAR GARCIAPARRA SCORED OLMEDO SAENZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N GARCIAPARRA ON FIRST, L GONZALEZ ON
    SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 7
    LA DODGERS 5 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: W VALDEZ (.323, 0-FOR-3)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 6:54 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RUSSELL MARTIN SCORED JUAN PIERRE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L GONZALEZ ON FIRST, O SAENZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 7
    LA DODGERS 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R SEANEZ (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 6:51 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: S Chacon relieved T Gorzelanny.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 7
    LA DODGERS 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: W Valdez (.333, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 22 6:22 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - PITCHING CHANGE
    PIT: SHAWN CHACON (0-0, 2.25) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 7, LA DODGERS 3
    DUE UP FOR LADODGERS: W VALDEZ (.333, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 22 6:21 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 1 0 2 0 0 2 2 7 10 0
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 5 3 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - TOM GORZELANNY
    LOS - JOE BEIMEL

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: W VALDEZ (.333, 0-FOR-2)
    A ETHIER (.273, 2 HR, 8 RBI)
    R FURCAL (.171, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 22 6:20 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JASON BAY SCORED CHRIS DUFFY AND FREDDY SANCHEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J BAY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 7
    LA DODGERS 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: A LAROCHE (.107, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 6:15 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY OLMEDO SAENZ (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF TOM GORZELANNY.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, LA DODGERS 3
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.344, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 5:56 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NATE MCLOUTH SCORED JOSE BAUTISTA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N MCLOUTH ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    LA DODGERS 2 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: H COTA (.273, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 5:47 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM LAROCHE (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF BRETT TOMKO.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 4, LA DODGERS 2
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAUTISTA (.308, 1-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 5:44 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 1 0 2 0 3 4 0
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 2 2 3 3 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - TOM GORZELANNY
    LOS - BRETT TOMKO

    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: T GORZELANNY (.000, 0-FOR-1)
    C DUFFY (.290, 2-FOR-2)
    J WILSON (.313, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 22 5:26 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO BRADY CLARK SCORED OLMEDO SAENZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B CLARK ON FIRST, R MARTIN ON SECOND, L
    GONZALEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    LA DODGERS 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: W VALDEZ (.345, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 5:22 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LUIS GONZALEZ SCORED RAFAEL FURCAL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L GONZALEZ ON FIRST, O SAENZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    LA DODGERS 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R MARTIN (.300, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 5:15 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JUAN PIERRE ALLOWED JACK WILSON TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J BAY ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    LA DODGERS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: A LAROCHE (.093, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 4:47 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACK WILSON SCORED CHRIS DUFFY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J WILSON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    LA DODGERS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: F SANCHEZ (.262, 0-FOR-1, RBI)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 4:46 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 1 0 1 2 0
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 1 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - TOM GORZELANNY
    LOS - BRETT TOMKO

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.355, 1 HR, 13 RBI)
    L GONZALEZ (.317, 3 HR, 9 RBI)
    R MARTIN (.305, 2 HR, 13

    Apr 22 4:32 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 1 0
    LA DODGERS 0 0 1 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - TOM GORZELANNY
    LOS - BRETT TOMKO

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R FURCAL (.158, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    J PIERRE (.273, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    O SAENZ (.111, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Pirates vs. DodgersApr 22 4:16 PM