PITTSBURGH -- The Dodgers broke up a scoreless pitcher's duel Tuesday night with Matt Kemp's three-run homer in a four-run sixth inning. A three-run blast for the Dodgers is rare enough, but then they tried something really different.
They scored again. And again. They added a five-run eighth inning and posted a 10-3 win over the Pirates, bouncing back from Monday night's trap-play loss on an umpire's missed call.
Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles, the club's substitute middle infielders, knocked out three hits each, the third time in the last four games for Carroll. Eight Dodgers scored, six drove in runs.
"Jamey and Aaron are doing a terrific job for what we're asking them to do," said manager Don Mattingly, who has needed them to play daily with disabling injuries to Rafael Furcal and Casey Blake. "They are saving us, buying time until we get back to what we call full strength. I like them at the top [of the order]."
Ted Lilly (3-3) got the win, allowing a pair of runs in the sixth inning, which manager Don Mattingly said seems to be a new trend when Lilly gets to the batting order a third time.
But reliever Blake Hawksworth lasted only three batters before straining his right groin muscle and coming out of the game.
Mattingly implied it might be a disabling injury, especially being a groin for a pitcher, and said an MRI is scheduled for Wednesday. Mattingly's bullpen is already in turmoil, with closer Jonathan Broxton injured, Hong-Chih Kuo ineffective and Vicente Padilla's durability an unknown. Mattingly said adding a pitcher "would be nice."
Hawksworth, though, said this groin injury wasn't as bad as one he had last Spring Training. Even though he reinjured that groin last May, he never went on the disabled list.
"I'm a quick healer," he said. "I'll wake up tomorrow, start moving around, see how it feels. It's too early right now."
The game began as so much of a pitcher's duel that Mattingly had Miles trying to sacrifice after Carroll's single leading off the fourth. Miles couldn't get the bunt down, only to line a single to left, but the Dodgers didn't score.
Proving he really can bunt, Miles dropped a perfect one down on his own after Carroll's two-out single in the sixth, third baseman Brandon Wood letting it roll to the bag.
"Aaron Miles, that's the game he plays," said Clint Hurdle, now the Pirates manager and once Miles' manager in Colorado. "We know he bunts -- I had him. That extended the inning."
Andre Ethier then pushed his streak for consecutive games reaching base to 34, with a broken-bat RBI single. Kemp followed with his home run to center, his seventh of the season.
"It was fun to watch the guys swing like that," said Lilly. "The whole dugout had fun. It was certainly a better atmosphere."
The Dodgers came into the game having lost seven of their last nine, stranding runners in double figures in three of the previous four games.
"We need to do that more often," Kemp said of the blowout. "The four runs started something and we just went from there and added on, something we haven't been doing the past 11 or 12 games. We need to start scoring more runs, start hitting with runners on third base and less than two out. I haven't done a good job driving in runs. We have to be more consistent doing that."
Especially with Carroll (hitting .320) and Miles (.280) creating opportunities.
"They've both done a great job getting on base," Kemp said. "The three, four, five and six guys need to start driving them in. We're not driving them in the way we're supposed to be doing."
Carroll is 8-for-15 against Correia lifetime.
"I think he's the best hitter in baseball. I can't get him out," Correia said of Carroll. "I don't know what to do at this point. He seems to just work the count and get the bat on the ball. He can just place it out there on me. I got to him with two outs and nobody on. Then the bunt hit and I made the pitch I wanted to Ethier -- I broke his bat. He just put it in the right spot. It seems it's working out that way for me at home right now."
Lilly served up the first of two Andre McCutchen home runs in a two-run sixth inning, but the Dodgers scored one run in the seventh after a Rod Barajas double and took advantage of three walks by Pirates relievers in the five-run eighth that included a two-run single by Miles.
That inning also included the first plate appearance in six years by reliever Matt Guerrier, who walked with the bases loaded for his first career RBI and the first time he ever reached base.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.