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The Pirates, winners of their previous four and five of six against Los Angeles since late September, didn't score until the sixth, when Delwyn Young doubled off Billingsley and Jeff Clement hit a sacrifice fly off Jeff Weaver.
Garrett Jones went 0 for 3 with a pair of walks after homering three times in the first two games, including a three-run drive on Wednesday.
NOTES: Ethier's sore ankle developed after he got back to first base on a pickoff throw Wednesday. His status for Friday night's game at Florida is uncertain. ... Dodgers 3B Casey Blake and C Russell Martin also didn't start. ... All three games in the series were played with readings in at least the 70s -- unseasonable for Pittsburgh so early in the season. ... The Pirates unconditionally released INF Ramon Vazquez, who was cut during spring training last week. He is owed $2 million this season. ... The attendance was 9,352, significantly down from 39,024 on Monday and 31,061 on Wednesday. ... 3B Belliard and Pirates SS Bobby Crosby each committed errors in successive innings.
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