Game 78: Dodgers salvage final game in Pittsburgh, end three-game losing streak.

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The Dodgers celebrate their 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday at PNC Park. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — The Dodgers dug themselves an early 4-run deficit against the Pirates for the second consecutive day Monday. This time they came from behind to win, 5-4. The box score is here.

Adrian Gonzalez gave himself an extra day on the bench this weekend — then singled as a late-game replacement.

Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, a star at UCLA and Orange Lutheran, doesn’t sound like a man who intends to pitch in Southern California again anytime soon.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:
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Game 77: Dodgers can’t bail out Clayton Kershaw after one bad inning.

Chad Kuhl

Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl beat the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw in his debut Sunday. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — One bad inning doomed Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers to a 4-3 loss Sunday in Pittsburgh. The box score is here.

Adrian Gonzalez was benched.

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Adrian Gonzalez will be held out of the starting lineup the next two days.

PITTSBURGH — One day after saying Adrian Gonzalez would not start the final game of the Dodgers’ four-game series against the Pirates, Dave Roberts decided to tack on another day off for his first baseman.

Scott Van Slyke gets the start at first today, batting eighth against right-hander Chad Kuhl, who is making his major league debut for the Pirates.

Here’s what Roberts said on the topic of Gonzalez today:

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Game 76: Pirates drop Dodgers for the second straight night.

Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda allowed four runs in five innings Saturday in the Dodgers’ 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Kenta Maeda gave up two home runs to Andrew McCutchen and the Dodgers didn’t collect a hit for the first five innings of a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The box score is here.

Joe Blanton went ape on a Gatorade cooler:

The newest Dodger, Chris Taylor, has a unique connection to third base coach Chris Woodward.

Here’s a sampling of what they were saying in the clubhouse after the game:

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Dodgers designate Nick Tepesch for assignment, leaving Wednesday’s starter TBD.

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Nick Tepesch meets with Yasmani Grandal during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-6 win over the Dodgers on Friday. Tepesch was designated for assignment Saturday. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — In today’s episode of “As The Fifth Starter Turns,” the Dodgers designated Nick Tepesch for assignment, one day after the right-hander allowed five runs in four innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Dodgers lost 8-6, ending their six game winning streak.

Infielder Chris Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move. Taylor, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners last week in exchange for pitcher Zach Lee, is in uniform today (wearing number 3). We’ll have more from him later.

For now, the Dodgers’ fifth starter remains a question mark, with the next TBA turn in the rotation looming Wednesday in Milwaukee. It won’t be Hyun-Jin Ryu or Brandon McCarthy, who haven’t built up the requisite arm strength yet in their minor league rehabs, or Carlos Frias, who isn’t eligible to be recalled unless a current pitcher is injured.

Here’s what Dave Roberts said on the topic Saturday:

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