Anyone can see the road of the season isn’t always paved in gold. There will be no eternal summer slacking for the Dodgers, who lost to the Pirates for the third time in four tries this season. Monday’s back-and-forth affair went to Pittsburgh, 6-5, with a few red flags appearing along the way.
Craig Kimbrel’s bumpy ride continued, staked to a one-run lead in the ninth. He allowed a one-out walk, then an RBI single to tie the game. Cal Mitchell followed with a smash off Freddie Freeman’s glove for an error, scooting into short right field to allow the winning run to score.
Though Monday was Kimbrel’s first blown save, he has allowed runs in his last three games, and in five of his last seven outings. Only three of his 16 outings have featured a clean inning.
It erased a Dodgers comeback that began with a series of solo efforts. Hanser Alberto hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning, and Mookie Betts followed with his National League-leading 15th. Those were off Pirates starter Zach Thompson.