Shane Victorino hit his 10th homer of the season and drove in three runs to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Matt Kemp added two hits for the Dodgers, who moved within 1 1/2 games of the Pirates for one of the two National League wild card spots. Aaron Harang (8-7) pitched six effective innings to snap a modest two-game losing streak while Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save.
Victorino, acquired in a trade from Philadelphia two weeks ago, hit his first homer in a Dodgers uniform in the fifth. The two-run shot off Jeff Karstens (4-3) broke a 2-2 tie as Los Angeles beat the Pirates for the seventh straight time.
Garrett Jones had four hits and drove in all three Pirate runs. Pittsburgh has dropped four of five.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, have won four of five to close in on San Francisco for the NL West lead. The surge has been powered by the slew of new arrivals acquired to give the team a needed boost.