September 26, 2022
The Sports Report: Dodgers, Craig Kimbrel fall to Pirates

Left-handed starters Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney took major steps toward coming off the injured list long before fans arrived at Dodger Stadium on Monday night for the series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Buehler gave up two home runs in the first three innings, including a three-run shot in the second to light-hitting Tucupita Marcano. And after the Dodgers clawed back to take a one-run lead into the ninth, Kimbrel blew the save.

The winning run scored on an uncharacteristic error by first baseman Freddie Freeman, but Kimbrel had set the table with a walk and a wild pitch ahead of a run-scoring single that tied the score. Cal Mitchell shot a ground ball that handcuffed Freeman’s backhand attempt, allowing Michael Chavis to score.

Trailing by a run in the eighth, the Dodgers scored twice when Trea Turner’s leadoff hustle double was followed with two out by Justin Turner’s RBI double and a bloop single by Chris Taylor that landed squarely between three Pirates fielders as Turner crossed the plate.

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