Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy flips his bat after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates' relief pitcher Chasen Shreve in the eighth inning Monday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Rookie Andre Jackson allowed just two hits over four innings in relief and Max Muncy hit a late go-ahead homer to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium.
Muncy's solo shot in the bottom of the eighth gave the Dodgers a one-run advantage for the narrow victory Monday in Los Angeles. Dodgers right fielder Billy McKinney also hit a solo homer in the win.
"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit," McKinney told reporters. "I'm trying to get my swing going and glad that one snuck out.
"Max came in the eighth and hit it a mile to help us get the win."
Neither team scored for the first six innings. Jackson, who made his MLB debut, entered the game in relief of starter Justin Bruihl in the second inning. Pirates starter Steven Brault allowed just three hits over his 5 2/3-inning effort.
"I thought [Jackson] was fantastic," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I thought he kept his composure really well. I'm so proud of him in earning this opportunity."
The Pirates broke the deadlock in the top of the seventh. Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol hit Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco with a pitch in the first at-bat of the frame. He then allowed a single to second baseman Rodolfo Castro.
Wilmer Difo stepped in as a pinch hitter in the Pirates' next at-bat. He moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. First baseman Cody Bellinger committed a throwing error on the play, which allowed Polanco to score from third base.
Pirates relief pitcher Anthony Banda struck out Chris Taylor in the first at-bat in the bottom of the frame. McKinney then stepped into the box.
The Dodgers outfielder earned a 1-0 lead before a swing and miss at a changeup. He then smashed a 1-1 fastball to right field for a 399-foot, game-tying homer.
Banda retired Austin Barnes and Bellinger in order to end the inning.
Dodgers relief pitcher Blake Treinen retired the Pirates in order in the top of the eighth. Pirates reliever Chasen Shreve forced Dodgers infielder Trea Turner to line out to lead off the bottom of the frame.
Muncy then settled in and took a fastball for a call strike. He deposited Shreve's third offering -- a 92.5-mph fastball -- into the right field seats of Dodger Stadium with a 383-foot homer.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allowed one hit and no runs in the ninth inning to earn his 24th save of the season.
Turner went 2 for 4 and was the only player to record more than one hit in the game. Muncy went 1 for 2 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk.
The Dodgers (73-46) host the Pirates (42-77) at 10:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.