Dodger Stadium continued to be a ravine of terror for the Pirates, but Sunday provided a fresh face to engineer the 6-2 L.A. victory and a weekend sweep.
Adrian Gonzalez started to earn the $127 million he will collect the next six seasons after arriving from Boston last August. The first baseman went 3-for-4 with four RBI to complete his destruction of Pirates pitching (7-for-11, 2 doubles, 5 RBI). Gonzalez and the top half of the Dodgers lineup afflicted most the damage on Locke, as L.A.’s first five hitters went 8-for-13 against the Pittsburgh starter, compared to 0-for-9 for the bottom hitters.
The Pirates broke free from 18 scoreless innings right away. Andrew McCutchen blasted Pittsburgh’s first home run in 2013, a two-run blast into the fifth row of the left field pavilion, with Starling Marte on base.
The Dodgers responded immediately. Nick Punto, Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez struck back with three straight hits, the one from Gonzalez a 2-RBI single that just dribbled under...