Brad Penny fought through six innings, working for the most part without his usual command. He gave up single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth, battling hard to keep the damage at a minimum, leaving six runners on base.
Two of the hits he allowed were home runs, to Andy LaRoche and Jason Bay, and were the first two dingers he has given up this season.
Chad Billingsley worked a 1-2-3 seventh and earned his fourth win against no losses. Jonathan Broxton, hitting 99 on the gun, outmatched the Pirates in the eighth, fanning a pair of them.
Takashi Saito took over in his familiar role as the Dodger closer in the ninth and after a strikeout he gave up a single to center by pinch-hitting Frank Duffy.
On his fourth pitch to Jose Bautista, he seemed to pull up lame and calling the Dodger staff out of the dugout, left the field with an undisclosed injury. Saito missed most of spring training with a pulled muscle in his calf, and the injury may have reoccurred.
Joe Beimel took over and after retiring Bautista on a fly to center, wild pitched Duffy to second. But he coaxed a tapper to the mound off the bat of pinch-hitter Jose Castillo to end the game and earn his first save as a Dodger.
Manager Grady Little watched the final six innings from the club house after being ejected in a "discussion" with the plate umpire.With a runner at third base in the fourth, Gorzelanny grounded to Nomar Garciaparra at first and his throw to the plate and Xavier Nady arrived at almost exactly the same time.
Little was ejected for the second time in six games against Pittsburgh this season. He was thrown out of an April 21 game in Los Angeles for arguing balls and strikes.
Russell Martin claimed Nady had to go around his foot, which was firmly planted on the front of the plate but the plate umpire Bill Welke disagreed. Little came out quickly to protect Martin, then became involved in a shouting match that earned him the rest of the afternoon off.
Little's passion may have spilled over a bit into the Dodger batting order, but it took a couple innings to build a head of steam.
In the sixth, looking pretty hopeless, Martin singled sharply into right center and with one out, moved to third on red-hot Tony Abreu's sixth double of his short major league career. Olmedo Saenz, hitting for Ramon Martinez, who was spelling Jeff Kent at second, drew a walk to load the bases.
Kent's off-day evaporated when he was inserted as a pinch-hitter. He bounced into a force at second, scoring one run. Rafael Furcal singled to left to drive in Ethier and Juan Pierre beat out a ball that bounced off Gorzelanny to again load the sacks.
Garciaparra knocked in his 33rd run of the season with a ground ball off reliever Salomon Torres that Bautista dove for -- thus saving the tying run -- but couldn't get Nomar at first, cutting the lead to 4-3.
In the eighth, Martin smacked his second single of the game, a liner into left field and Ethier, relieved he was no longer facing a left-handed pitcher, celebrated with a long drive into the right field seats.
Abreu beat out an infield hit and pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit walked. With Dodger fans thinking about an insurance run or so were disappointed when Kent flew to center, running his slump to 1-for-26, and Furcal hit into an inning-ending double play.
Arizona and San Diego also won, insuring the logjam at the top of the National League West would be around for at least another day. Bill Welke In tonight's finale, Derek Lowe (5-5, 3.32) opposes Bucs lefty Paul Maholm (2-7, 5.35) as Los Angeles hopes to return home with a 5-2 road trip record in their pocket.
Score by innings Los Angeles 000 000 320-5 Pittsburgh 011 110 000-4 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 0 2 1 .298 Pierre cf 5 0 1 0 .273 Garciaparra 1b 5 0 1 1 .286 Gonzalez lf 4 0 1 0 .284 Clark lf 1 0 0 0 .224 Ethier rf 4 1 2 2 .276 Abreu 3b 4 1 2 0 .382 Martinez 2b 2 0 0 0 .153 Saenz ph 0 0 0 0 .213 Billingsley p 0 0 0 0 .000 Betemit ph 0 0 0 0 .000 Penny p 2 0 0 0 .250 Kent ph-2b 2 1 0 1 .259 Totals 37 5 11 5 Pittsburgh 36 4 10 4 2B- Ethier (11), Abreu (6). HR- Ethier (5). RBI- Kent (31), Furcal (18), Garciaparra (33), Ethier 2 (27). LOB- Los Angeles 8, Pittsburgh 7. DP- Abreu, Martinez and Garciaparra; Abreu, Furcal and Garciaparra. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Penny 6.0 9 4-4 2 4 2.37 Billingsley (4-0) 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 3.56 Broxton 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 2.79 Saito 0.1 1 0-0 0 1 1.50 Beimel (sv 1) 0.2 0 0-0 0 0 3.65 WP- Penny, Beimel. T- 2:54. Att- 23,458.Dodger Blue Notes-- The St. Louis Cardinals acquired catcher Kelly Stinnett from the Dodgers for cash on Sunday. The 37-year-old Stinnett is scheduled to join the Cardinals, who were desperately in need of catching after an injury to Yadier Molina, before Tuesday's game against Cincinnati. Stinnett, who was playing for Las Vegas, where he appeared in 31 games, had announced he would retire to spend more time with his family. Stinnett has played for seven teams in 11 major league seasons and hit a career-high 14 homers with Arizona in 1999. He was hitting .196 with Las Vegas. ...Garciaparra is driving in runs at a 100-per-season clip but has only a single home run. Why is that? He told Ken Gurnick of MB.com, "I just do the job. When I see guys out there to be driven in, I try to drive them in. I've never tried to be a home run hitter. Sometimes the ball just goes out, and sometimes it doesn't. But home runs have never been my goal. I try to do the stuff that helps my team win." Shortstop Rafael Furcal slugged 15 last year as the leadoff hitter, but has yet to hit one out of the park this season.