A five-run cushion and a low pitch count allowed Kenta Maeda to boldly go where he has never gone before, into the ninth inning of a major league game for the first time since he joined the Dodgers in 2016.
The right-hander did not reach the final frontier Wednesday night, falling two outs short of an elusive complete game. Not that the Dodgers complained.
Maeda gave up two runs and five hits in 81/3 innings of a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Dodger Stadium, completing a three-game sweep and giving the Dodgers 10 wins in 12 games entering a four-game series against the National League West-leading Colorado Rockies in Denver.
“He was efficient, he was...