- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Nick Tepesch had mixed emotions after returning to the major leagues for the first time in nearly 21 months.

Tepesch took the loss Friday night in his Dodgers’ debut as Matt Joyce homered and doubled among his three hits to lead Pittsburgh to an 8-6 victory, ending the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak.

Tepesch (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits in just four innings in his major-league outing in his first appearance since Sept. 26, 2014, with Texas. Called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game, he struck out three and walked none.

The 27-year-old Tepesch missed the 2015 season while with the Rangers. He developed a sore elbow during spring training then underwent surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome after losing feeling in the fingers on his right hand.

“It’s tough going what I went through last year, missing the whole season,” Tepesch said. “At the same time, that’s why I worked so hard after last season and all the way into spring training. It was all so I could reach this point again. There’s definitely some satisfaction in that but it would have been more satisfying if we won.”

Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager had four hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is 16 for 34 (.471) during the streak and has six extra-base hits in his last six games.

Yasiel Puig homered for Los Angeles.

Tepesch was 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts with Oklahoma City after the Rangers released him from Triple-A Round Rock.

“Stuff-wise, it was pretty much like it was at Triple-A but my command wasn’t the same and you’ll pay for that at this level,” Tepesch said.

Tepesch was called up in order to give right-hander Kenta Maeda an extra day of rest. Manager Dave Roberts said the Dodgers have not decided if Tepesch will make another major league start.

“He’s performed well at Triple-A and he has 40 major league starts, so that’s something to consider” Roberts said.

Joyce drove in two runs while filling in for right fielder Gregory Polanco, who sat out with lower leg discomfort. His RBI single in a two-run fifth inning helped push the Pirates’ lead to 7-4 and his eighth homer, a solo shot in the seventh off Chris Hatcher, made it 8-6.

Jung Ho Kang also homered as the Pirates won for just the third time in 16 games and gave manager Clint Hurdle his 1,000th career win. Sean Rodriguez had three RBIs and Starling Marte added two hits.

Neftali Feliz (2-0), the fourth of six Pirates pitchers, retired all five batters he faced and Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save in 22 opportunities.

The Pirates were happy to get Hurdle his milestone on the fourth try.

“It’s pretty cool,” shortstop Jordy Mercer said. “We all got around (in the clubhouse) and recognized him after the game. It’s pretty special.”

Pirates rookie starter Jameson Taillon had a second consecutive poor start, allowing four runs and eight hits in four-plus innings with two strikeouts and one walk. He has surrendered a combined eight runs and 16 hits in eight innings in his last two starts after giving up just three runs and eight hits in 14 innings over his first two outings.

Puig hit a 439-foot solo home run, his sixth, into the second tier of bleachers in left field in the sixth inning off Jared Hughes to pull the Dodgers to 7-5. Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly later in the inning made it a one-run game.

Puig, Turner and Chase Utley had two hits each for the Dodgers, who homered for the 14th straight game to tie Washington for the longest streak in the majors this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left shoulder surgery) gave up eight runs - five earned - in four innings in a rehab start for Oklahoma City on Thursday night but his fastball reached 90 mph, which manager Dave Roberts said was “encouraging.”

Pirates: While Polanco was out of the lineup, Marte (sore left foot) returned after being limited to pinch hitting in the previous two games.

ROSTER MOVES

Dodgers: OF Will Venable was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Tepesch.

Pirates: RHP Juan Nicasio was reinstated from the restricted list and moved to the bullpen. He left the team Sunday to attend to a family matter. … INF/OF Adam Frazier’s contract was selected from Triple-A Indianapolis while C Jacob Stallings was optioned to the same club and RHP Jorge Rondon and INF Cole Figueroa were designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Maeda (6-4, 2.64 ERA) will face the Pirates for the first time when he starts Saturday night. He is 3-1 with a 1.52 ERA in his last five starts.

Pirates: LHP Jeff Locke (6-5, 5.44) pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings to beat NL West-leading San Francisco on Monday after giving up a combined 18 runs in 8 2/3 while losing his previous two starts.

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