LOS ANGELES (AP) Starling Marte hitting a tying home run off Mike Bolsinger, Pedro Alvarez had a go-ahead homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Sunday to open a two-game lead over the Chicago Cubs for the NL’s first wild-card berth.
Gerrit Cole (17-8) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings and struck out nine, improving to 3-0 in four career starts against Los Angeles. Tony Watson and Mark Melancon followed with perfect innings of relief, and Melancon got his 48th save in 50 chances.
Pittsburgh, which trails NL Central-leading St. Louis by four games, is a big league-best 33-17 in one-run games and improved to 23-6 against the NL West.
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Bolsinger (6-4) gave up four runs – three earned – and five hits in 4 1-3 innings. The Dodgers’ magic number for clinching their third straight NL West title stayed at seven. Los Angeles fell to 17-17 against the NL Central.