In reality it was over after the six-run third.
Once Wolf found his rhythm, he mixed up sliders, curves and a changeup a slider, curveball and changeup and earned his third win against a single loss for the first time since 2003, using 104 pitches with 66 of them strikes.
The Dodgers erased the Pirates' early 1-0 lead in the first, the Dodgers came out with a purpose in their half of the inning. Rafael Furcal got the ball rolling with a leadoff walk and Juan Pierre banged out one of his three singles. After Pierre stole second, Nomar Garciaparra made it 201 with a single.
Pierre, suddenly red-hot, was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored. The speedster is hitting .500 (11-for-22) during his five-game hitting streak.
The Dodgers sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored six runs on five hits to end any suspense their might have been. With one out, Pierre singled and stole second and Garciaparra walked. Jeff Kent followed with an RBI single.
Luis Gonzalez to score Garciaparra, Russell Martin was by a pitch, and Andre Either's sacrifice fly to left was nearly a grand slam but it drove in the third run of the inning. Gonzalez scored on Wilson Betemit's single to right, and Wolf banged his first double down the right-field line, scoring Betemit and Martin.
Ethier homered in the fifth and Gonzalez singled to score Pierre in the sixth to close out the Dodgers' scoring.
Billingsley replaced Wolf and allowed a run in the eighth, then Rudy Seanez closed the game out.
The Dodgers, now 12-6, the best record in baseball, host the Pirates again tonight with Brad Penny putting his 3-0 record on the line for Los Angeles.
Score by innings Pittsburgh 100 000 010- 2 Los Angeles 208 011 00x-10 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Furcal, ss 3 1 0 1 .183 Martinez 2b 1 0 0 0 .192 Pierre cf 4 3 3 0 .278 Garciaparra 1b 2 1 1 2 .281 Valdez ph-ss 2 0 0 0 .376 Kent 2b 3 1 2 1 .333 Saenz ph-1b 1 0 0 0 .125 Gonzalez lf 4 1 2 2 .316 Billingsley p 0 0 0 0 .000 Anderson ph 1 0 0 0 .143 Seanez p 0 0 0 0 .000 Martin c 3 1 0 0 .309 Ethier rf 3 1 1 2 .286 Betemit 3b 4 1 1 1 .132 Wolf p 3 0 2 2 .250 Clark lf 1 0 1 0 .368 Totals 35 10 13 10 Pittsburgh 34 2 8 1 2B- Wolf 2 (2). HR- Ethier (2). RBI- Garciaparra 2 (13), Kent (12), Gonzalez 2 (9), Ethier 2 (7), Betemit (4), Wolf 2 (2). SF- Ethier. SB- Pierre 2 (7). LOb- Los Angeles 7, Pittsburgh 7. DP- Martinez and Saenz. Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Wolf (3-1) 6.0 6 1-1 1 10 3.38 Billingsley 2.0 1 1-1 1 1 4.82 Seanez 1.0 1 0-0 0 1 5.82 T- 2:47. Att- 43,845.Setback for Kemp-- Matt Kemp suffered a setback Wednesday night in his rehab assignment in Triple-A Las Vegas, reporting some soreness in his right shoulder after making a first-inning throw from the outfield. Kemp returned to Los Angeles, where he's expected to rest a few days before taking the field again. Kemp suffered a separated shoulder during the Dodgers' home opener two weeks ago when he crashed into the right field wall chasing a fly ball. He stayed in the game Wednesday after making the throw, but woke up Thursday with some pain. The Dodgers will rest him a few days, then re-evaluate him.
Kent Countdown-- Jeff Kent's double yesterday tied him for the team lead with six and gives him 507 in his career, surpassing Babe Ruth for 39th place on the all-time list, three shy of Rickey Henderson for 38th place. Kent ranks 64th on the all-time RBI list with 1,391 and he has averaged 93 RBI over the past four seasons. Should he continue at that pace, he would end the season with 1,473 and would surpass such notables as Mark McGwire, Robin Yount, Yogi Berra and Eddie Mathews and finish the year ranked 49th all-time.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The afternoon showers pushed back to today the simulated game that reliever Hong-Chi Kuo was scheduled to pitch Friday at Dodger Stadium. Kuo has been on the disabled list since spring training because of shoulder soreness. ...Schmidt was scheduled to undergo an examination Friday night on his bothersome shoulder, said director of medical services Stan Conte. ...Rehabbing Yhency Brazoban made his second rehab appearance in San Bernardino. He started and went 1.2 innings, giving up one run, two hits and a walk while striking out one. ... Wolf's 10 strikeouts put him in double figures for the first since fanning a career-high 13 for Philadelphia at Cincinnati on Sept. 21, 2002. ... There was no batting practice because of the almost constant rainfall during the day that ended by early evening. ... The Dodgers now have a 34-11 mark against Pittsburgh since 2001. Los Angeles has won 25 of its last 32 games against the Pirates and six of the last eight meetings. ...The pitching staff has gone 41.1 innings without allowing a home run, led by a bullpen that has allowed just four in 50.0 innings this season. The group has struck out 41 batters and is led by set up man Jonathan Broxton and closer Takashi Saito. The pair owns a combined 0.55 ERA (16.1 IP/1 ER) with six saves and 18 strikeouts in 15 outings. Broxton has not allowed a run in 14 consecutive outings dating back to Sept. 20, 2006, striking out 15 and walking just one during that span. Saito has converted 16 consecutive save opportunities dating back to 2006, which is the third-longest active streak in baseball behind Mike Gonzalez (24) and Billy Wagner (21).