Pirates

Pirates take this one and run … within a game of wild card

Gregory Polanco congratulates Andrew McCutchen on his home run in the fourth inning. - GETTY

LOS ANGELES — Outside of Andrew McCutchen's vintage night and a rare Jordy Mercer home run, there was little extraordinary about the Pirates' 5-1 takedown of the Dodgers on Friday night.

The theme began in the first, when the visitors quieted the Dodger Stadium gathering with three runs, even as three of their five productive batted balls never left the infield.

McCutchen's single gave that rally some legs, sneaking a grounder past Justin Turner at third base.

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Meanwhile, Iván Nova was simply passable in his second Pirates start, giving up nine hits and testing his outfielders with 10 fly balls.