Guerra racks up saves in three straight days

Guerra racks up saves in three straight days

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he wouldn't hesitate using closer Javy Guerra for a third consecutive night if he was in position to save Thursday night's series finale with the Pirates.

And with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Dodgers' 3-2 win, Guerra notched save No. 5, which leads the Major Leagues.

"Sometimes they need a day off after one," Mattingly said before Thursday's game about Guerra and reliever Kenley Jansen. "Sometimes they throw a couple days in a row and feel all right."

Guerra saved each of the three games against the Pirates, and he's appeared in five of the Dodgers' seven games. Mattingly said he wouldn't necessarily be more cautious because the season just started.

"I play it safe all the time," he said. "I look at long range all the time. If we have a chance to get a save and Javy feels good, I'll use Javy. If Javy doesn't feel good and Kenley's good, I'll use Kenley."

Guerra has allowed one hit and struck out five in five scoreless innings.