Another tough loss


LOS ANGELES — I’m guessing not many folks in Pittsburgh stayed awake until the bitter end, but it was a tough 5-4 loss — even the hard-luck standards of this season — for the Pirates to swallow last night.

The Pirates blew two saves: Matt Capps yieled a run in the ninth (snatching a win away from Zach Duke, who once again deserved a better fate) and Phil Dumatrait served up Andre Ethier’s game-winning, two-run homer in the 13th inning.

Ethier’s swat came on the first pitch, a two-seamer that Dumatrait insisted had good location. “It was a great game,” manager John Russell said. “I thought we had it won twice. But they’re a great comeback team.

• Ian Snell took a shot at the Pirates during a recent interview with Fox Sports Net Northwest. Snell credited Mariners pitching coach Rick Adair for finding a flaw in his mechanics and making “one little adjustment with my foot.”

When asked if he was frustrated that the Pirates never made that tweak, Snell replied: “In Pittsburgh, I had four or five pitching coaches and they all had different philosophies and ways of pitching. I’d only been here a couple of weeks and Adair finds that thing in like a second. And I’m like, ‘Wow, why couldn’t they find this?’

It tells you the difference of organizations, the way things are and how much more they want to win here than over there.”
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Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

PIRATES (55-88)
Andrew McCutchen cf, Andy Laroche 3b, Garrett Jones rf, Steve Peace 1b, Brandon Moss lf, Ronny Cedeno ss, Jason Jaramillo c, Ramon Vazquez 2b, Kevin Hart (4-6, 4.86) rhp

DODGERS (87-59)
Juan Pierre lf, Ronnie Belliard 2b, Andre Ethier rf, Matt Kemp cf, James Loney 1b, Blake DeWitt 3b, Brad Ausmus c, Juan Castro ss, Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.00) rhp