Dodgers Dump Pirates 9-2

LOS ANGELES, California-- The Dodgers beat up on their favorite patsies, topping Pittsburgh 9-2. It was their 17th wins in their last 20 games against the Pirates in Dodger Stadium. Derek Lowe worked six solid innings to win his 12th game of the season and pinch-hitter Jason Phillips drove in the go-ahead runs in a six-run sixth. It was only the second win in their last nine games.

Lowe (12-14) limited the Pirates to five hits and two runs before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the decisive sixth. The Pirates has just tied the game 2-2 with a run in the top of the inning.

Pittsburgh scored first when Craig Wilson opened the second by hitting his fourth homer to put the Pirates ahead 1-0.

Oscar Robles drove a two-out, two-run shot into the lower right-field seats that snapped rookie Ian Snell's 14-inning scoreless streak after Lowe opened the inning with a four-pitch walk to put L.A. on top 2-1.

Lowe allowed his fourth and fifth hits in the top of the sixth and with two out and Jayson Werth on second base with a double, left the game in favor of pinch-hitter Brian Myrow who worked a walk.

Willie Aybar worked a walk to load the bases and Jason Phillips hit for Hee-Seop Choi and unloaded them with a single to put Dodgers in front 3-2 and Phillips chugged around to score on an error by the Pirate center fielder.

But, as the commercial says, wait, there's more.

Robles collected his third RBI of the game with a single and Jose Cruz, who had a pair of hits in the game, walked and Antonio Perez was hit by a pitch.

Dioner Navarro lined a single to right to score the fifth and sixth run of the inning, giving the Dodgers a comfortable 8-2 margin.

Jason Repko singled in the eighth and scored on Aybar's double to put the final Los Angeles run on the board.

Steve Schmoll gave up one hits over two scoreless innings and Yhency Brazoban allowed a single in the ninth to sew up the win.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Jeff Kent, who leads the team in almost every offensive category, was given a day off. ... Aybar had a solid season with Triple-A Las Vegas this year, batting .297 with 26 doubles and 60 RBI but came into the Sunday game hitting .377 with nine walks and only eight strikeouts in 61 at-bats. He added a double -- hitting for the 13th time in 15 games -- and threw in a pair of walks. …Hee-Seop Choi started Sunday and batted second, where he's hit .315 (46-for-146) with 14 of his 15 homers this season. He collected a single in three trips. One more home run this season would set a new career high (16). …Edwin Jackson (1-2, 8.84 ERA) will start against Pittsburgh Monday night in the final game of the our-game set.

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