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The Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig (66) gestures to the crowd after scoring in the sixth inning as Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) walks back to the mound at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The Pirates won, 6-3. (Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Pirates beat Dodgers, 6-3, as Alvarez, Martin hit homers

LOS ANGELES -- History had not been kind to the Pirates at Dodger Stadium.

But Thursday night they snapped a nine-game losing streak at the ballpark that dated to Sept. 16, 2011.

Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin powered home runs off Dodgers starter Dan Haren, and a seventh-inning rally fueled by a two-out Josh Harrison RBI single gave the Pirates a 6-3 win.

Gerrit Cole gave up a run in the first and second innings before retiring 10 in a row in a return to his native California. He went 6 1/3 innings, gave up six hits, three earned runs and two walks. He struck out three.

Manager Clint Hurdle quickly went to reliever Tony Watson when Cole issued a seventh-inning walk. Watson induced a double play to end the inning, and Mark Melancon moved back into his setup role and pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Pirates, losers of two in a row in New York, carried the worst road record (7-16) in baseball to the West Coast.

The Dodgers got on the board quickly.

In the second at-bat of the game, Andre Ethier tripled down the right-field line, then scored on a bloop double by Yasiel Puig that fell in shallow right field between Neil Walker and Josh Harrison.

Alvarez hit his 10th home run of the season in the second to tie the score at 1-1. It soared an estimated 429 feet.

The Dodgers pulled ahead, 2-1, in the second when Dee Gordon singled in Justin Turner, then stole his 31st and 32nd bases of the season. Cole got out of the inning with a swinging strikeout on a changeup.

Clint Barmes singled with one out in the fifth, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cole and scored on a single by Josh Harrison to tie it, 2-2.

Martin homered to left field in the sixth to put the Pirates ahead, 3-2, but the Dodgers again came right back.

Puig doubled to open the sixth, and scored on a single by Hanley Ramirez to tie it, 3-3.

Cole had retired 10 consecutive batters before Puig's double, putting the Dodgers down in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Starling Marte was caught stealing in the seventh after a one-minute, 36-second review, revealed he did not beat the tag after initially being called safe.

The big seventh-inning rally got started when Barmes hit his third single of the game, moved to second on another sacrifice bunt by Cole and scored on a single by Harrison to give the Pirates a 4-3 lead.

Walker drove in Harrison to make it 5-3, and Gaby Sanchez -- pinch-hitting for Ike Davis -- doubled in Walker.

The Dodgers intentionally walked Martin with to load the bases for Alvarez, and he grounded out to second to end the inning.

Jason Grilli returned to his role as closer and secured the save, his sixth this season.

The series gets no easier Friday night as right-hander Josh Beckett (3-1, 2.43 ERA) -- fresh off a no-hitter Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies -- takes the mound against left-hander Francisco Liriano (0-5, 5.06 ERA).

Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 3.38 ERA) will face Hyun-jin Ryu (5-2, 3.10 ERA) Saturday and Edinson Volquez (2-4, 4.30 ERA) takes on right-hander Zack Greinke (8-1, 2.18 ERA) Sunday, which will be aired on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball."

In the nine-game home winning streak against the Pirates, the Dodgers had held them to only 10 runs (nine earned) and two or fewer runs each game. That included back-to-back shutouts April 5 and April 6, 2013.

The streak of holding a club to two runs or fewer in nine consecutive games is one of the longest streaks in the expansion era of Major League Baseball.

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