Baseball / Sports

McCutchen leads Pirates to 5-2 win to take series against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- If there's a single baseball connoisseur left unaware of the ability of Andrew McCutchen, he put on a display Sunday night against the Dodgers in front of a prime-time national audience.

McCutchen doubled twice, homered, and scored three runs off Dodgers starter Zack Greinke to lead the Pirates to a 5-3 win, and an unexpected series win against the Dodgers.

He also ran a mile to track a fly ball to shallow center and make a sliding catch for an out in the seventh inning.

A split would have been considered a strong series for the Pirates, but the club took the series 3-1 on the back of two strong starts by Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano on Thursday and Friday, and followed it with a solid outing by Edinson Volquez on Sunday.

The Pirates are now 26-30, and 4-3 with two legs of this 10-game road trip down.

Pedro Alvarez had two key RBI singles, driving in McCutchen and Ike Davis in the first inning, and McCutchen again in the sixth with a line drive to center field that gave the Pirates a 4-2 lead.

Josh Harrison extended the lead to 5-2 with a home run to right center field off reliever Chris Perez to continue to pound his case to stay atop the lineup.

Jason Grilli recorded two quick strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth, but walked two and gave up a single and a run before inducing a line drive to shortstop Clint Barmes for the save.

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