Kent, Martin Homer for Dodgers in Win
LA runs away for 11-2 romp over Pirates on Jackie Robinson Night
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 2:07 AM CDT
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, left, shakes hands with manager Joe Torre after their win against the Pittsburgh Pirates during a baseball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April, 15, 2008. The...   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Jeff Kent and Russell Martin homered, James Loney extended his season-opening hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 11-2 on Tuesday night to end the Pirates' four-game winning streak. Esteban Loaiza (1-2) got the victory in relief of starter Hong-Chih Kuo, allowing a run and three hits over the final five innings with two strikeouts and no walks.

The right-hander, who made his big league debut with the Pirates in 1995 and has pitched for seven other teams since, is 2-0 in two appearances against them. Kuo, making his second start this season and the first that he was scheduled to make, threw 75 pitches over four innings. The left-hander allowed a run and two hits, struck out six and walked three—all consecutively.