Pirates rally past Dodgers

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PITTSBURGH – Ryan Doumit hit one of Pittsburgh’s four homers, drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and the Pirates, despite falling behind by multiple runs much as they have done all season, rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeromy Burnitz added a two-run homer, and Craig Wilson and Doumit each hit a solo shot as the Pirates came back from deficits of 3-0, 5-2 and 6-3 to avoid the franchise’s first 1-8 start in 51 years. Pittsburgh lost six of seven on a weeklong road trip to start the season, then dropped its home opener to the Dodgers 8-3 Monday.

The Dodgers scored two or more runs in the first inning for the sixth time in eight games as Ricky Ledee, a last-minute lineup substitution, hit a two-run homer during a three-run inning against right-hander Ian Snell. Bill Mueller later hit two solo homers during first career four-hit game.

But Jae Seo repeatedly couldn’t hold leads in his first Dodgers start, giving up five runs and seven hits in five innings. Burnitz quickly got the Pirates back in the game with his two-run drive – his second – off Seo in the first, and Jack Wilson had a run-scoring single in the third before he and Doumit hit their solo homers in the fifth.

Craig Wilson, starting only because Sean Casey was a late scratch with a bruised rib cage, hit a tying homer to start the sixth against reliever Lance Carter (0-1) – the Pirates’ third homer in a span of seven batters. Joe Randa followed with a double down the left-field line and, following Jose Castillo’s groundout, scored on Doumit’s sacrifice fly.

Salomon Torres (1-1) followed up Snell’s ineffective start – six runs and 10 hits in five innings – with two shutout relief innings for the victory. Roberto Hernandez pitched a scoreless eighth before left-hander Mike Gonzalez threw five pitches in the ninth for his first save this season and the fourth of his career.

Mostly because Seo couldn’t match the string of effective starts he made last season for the Mets, the Pirates beat the Dodgers for only the second time in 11 games and the fourth time in 23 games. The Dodgers were 16-3 in Pittsburgh and 28-7 overall against the Pirates the last six seasons, including a 27-7 record from 2001-05 under new Pirates manager Jim Tracy.

Seo allowed three runs or fewer in 11 of 14 starts with the Mets last year and was very effective in the World Baseball Classic last month, allowing one earned run in 14 innings for South Korea.

Notes: Ledee started because Jose Cruz Jr. was pulled just before game time with flulike symptoms. Cruz had an infield single in the eighth as a pinch-hitter. … The Pirates extended their working agreement Triple-A Indianapolis through 2008. … Going into the game, Torres had allowed five runs in 5 1-3 innings. … Snell has a 10.50 ERA in three career appearances against the Dodgers. … No doubt Casey disliked not getting to start – he was 3-for-3 with a homer against Seo.

AP-ES-04-11-06 2137EDT

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