Dodgers 5, Cubs 2
Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner homered early and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
The Dodgers (40-33) never trailed after a second-inning solo homer from Gonzalez and padded the lead in the third with Turner’s three-run shot.
Los Angeles left-hander J.P. Howell (3-1) picked up the win after relieving starter Mike Bolsinger, who last just 4 2/3 innings. Five Dodgers relievers combined to shut out the Cubs.
Right-hander Kenley Jansen gave up one hit in the ninth on the way to his 10th save.The Cubs (39-31) saw a four-game winning streak end as right-hander Kyle Hendricks slipped to 2-4.
The Dodgers made the most of seven hits on the night against Cubs pitchers.
They added a single run in the eighth as center fielder Joc Pederson singled to right off Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson scoring left fielder Scott Van Slyke for a 5-2 lead.
Gonzalez gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with his leadoff home run off Hendricks in the second inning.
The homer, Gonzalez’s 13th of the season, came on a 3-1 pitch and landed in the left field bleachers.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner launched a three-run homer to left with two outs the third to open a 4-0 lead. Turner sent a 3-1 pitch to the bleachers that scored Bolsinger and center fielder Joc Pederson.
Hendricks departed after five innings, allowing four runs and four hits while walking one and striking out three.
The Cubs got on the board in the bottom of the fifth as pinch-hitter Mike Baxter led off with a single to shallow center and came home on second baseman Addison Russell’s double into the left field corner.
Russell moved to third on right fielder Chris Denorfia’s single and scored as first baseman Anthony Rizzo grounded into a double play to cut the deficit to 4-2.Bolsinger left the game after issuing a walk to Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant with two outs in the fifth. Left-handed reliever J.P. Howell struck out Cubs catcher Miguel Montero to end the inning.
Bolsinger gave up two runs and six hits. He struck out six and walked two.
NOTES: Dodger RF Yasiel Puig was a last-second lineup scratch with an open callus on his left hand. OF Alex Guerrero took over in left field and OF Andre Ethier switched from left to Puig’s right field spot. … Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax’s big league debut in 1955. He struck out two in two innings of scoreless relief at Milwaukee. … Los Angles RHP Carlos Frias (4-5, 4.68 ERA) will make his first career start against Chicago in Thursday’s series finale. LHP Jon Lester (4-5, 3.80 ERA) makes his second career start against the Dodgers. … LHP Travis Wood has a 1.65 ERA and 2-1 record 12 relief appearances since transitioning from the Cubs’ starting rotation to the bullpen in mid-May. He picked up the win in Monday’s 4-2 victory over the Dodgers. … LF Chris Coghlan extended his consecutive game major league appearance streak to 134. His streak, the longest active the majors, started July 23, 2014.