The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their third consecutive game and their grip on a National League wild card spot.
They hope they didn’t lose their second baseman to injury, too.
Neil Walker dislocated the pinky finger on his right hand while attempting to turn a double play during the first inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers scored their first run on that play and beat the Pirates 9-3 on Wednesday night.
Walker had an X-ray on his finger that was negative and will see a hand specialist today.
“I’m pretty confident I can avoid the DL,” Walker said after the game. “I had the same injury on a finger on my glove hand in 2009 [in Triple-A], and it healed pretty quickly — though I also tore my PCL at the same time and missed the rest of the season.”
Walker fielded Matt Kemp’s grounder and tumbled over a sliding Mark Ellis as he was forcing him out at second and in the process of throwing to first. Walker landed awkwardly on his right hand and lay on the ground writhing in pain.
“I was kind of coming at the bag at a weird ankle and he kind of clipped my leg,” Walker said. “I ended up rolling forward and as soon as I hit the ground I knew what happened. It was bent like a Z and they [the trainers] had to pop up it back in.”
Clayton Kershaw won his fourth consecutive start and Kemp drove in three runs for the Dodgers, who moved into first place in the NL West.
Kemp had a two-run double and scored during the Dodgers’ three-run fourth against Wandy Rodriguez. Shane Victorino singled and scored in that inning, part of his 3-for-5, two-run game.
Kershaw (11-6) had one of his two singles in the fourth, and he allowed three runs on six hits in eight innings. Kershaw had eight strikeouts and no walks.
The Dodgers have won four straight and six of their last seven games.