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.