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Los Angeles at Chicago

L.A. Dodgers
Chi. Cubs
W: J. Samardzija (2-0) L: M. Guerrier (1-1)
S: C. Marmol (5)
HR: LA - C. Blake (2),M. Kemp (5),R. Barajas (4)   CHC - None

Baker's double lifts Cubs in wild game over Dodgers

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Mike Quade faced a tough decision with two out in the eighth inning Saturday. He had righty-hitting Jeff Baker coming to the plate with runners on the corners in a tie game, and right-hander Blake Hawksworth jogging to the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Quade looked at the lefty pinch hitters on his bench, and stuck with Baker.

"I just settled in and said 'You know what? I've stayed out of the way to this point, I think I'll stay out of the way and let this kid have this at-bat,"' Quade said, "and man, did he take advantage of it."

He sure did.

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Baker hit a big two-run double and the Cubs got a banner day from the top of their lineup in a wild 10-8 victory over the Dodgers.

"What a ballgame," Quade said. "Those kids are something."

Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Marlon Byrd combined for nine hits, six RBI and four runs as Chicago roughed up Ted Lilly in his return to Wrigley Field. Castro tied a career high with four hits and Reed Johnson went 2 for 3 and scored twice.

The Dodgers scored seven unanswered runs to take an 8-5 lead before Chicago responded with a five-run eighth. The first three batters reached against Matt Guerrier (1-1), who hadn't allowed a run this season. Castro then lined a two-run single into center field and Barney tied it with a fielder's choice bouncer to shortstop Jamey Carroll.

Guerrier bounced back to strike out Byrd but left after Aramis Ramirez singled to put runners on first and third. Baker then greeted Hawksworth with a drive into the gap in right-center, delighting the crowd of 41,161.

"We never lost confidence that we could come back," Castro said through a translator. "The way we play right now, everybody was aggressive and everybody had confidence. We knew we could come back."

Baker said a pinch hitter never crossed his mind.

"I don't prepare to go up there and get taken out," he said. "I prepare to go up and get the hit."

Jeff Samardzija (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Carlos Marmol worked around a one-out walk to Jerry Sands to earn his fifth save in seven opportunities.

Casey Blake, Matt Kemp and Rod Barajas homered for Los Angeles, which had won three straight and five of six. Blake hit a two-run shot in the Dodgers' three-run fifth and went 2 for 3 with two walks to run his career average against the Cubs to .333 (17 for 51).

"If that wind is blowing out, you're never really safe. They found it out early, we found it out late," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "You're just not safe here. One bloop hit, somebody pops one and you're back in the game."

Barajas tied it at 5 with a leadoff drive in the sixth inning and Andre Ethier added a tiebreaking two-run double with two out, extending his major league-best hitting streak to 20 games. Barajas added a run-scoring grounder in the seventh to give the Dodgers an 8-5 lead.

Ethier clapped his hands and pointed to the Los Angeles dugout after continuing his career-best streak. The All-Star right fielder went 1 for 4 and is batting .408 (31 for 76) in the longest run for a Dodgers player since Nomar Garciaparra had a 22-game hitting streak in 2006.

"More than anything, Andre, like everyone else, is focused every day, every at-bat," Mattingly said. "He hasn't been giving any away, he's been battling through every one of them."

Lilly and Ryan Dempster locked up in a matchup of close friends but both pitchers struggled. Dempster allowed seven runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings in his fifth consecutive shoddy start to open the season, while Lilly yielded five runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first career game against the Cubs.

"It's especially disappointing, given that our offense pulled back from a deficit and took the lead," said Lilly, who pitched for Chicago from 2007 until he was traded to L.A. last July.

The victory continued a bizarre streak for the Cubs (10-10), who became the first major league team to hit the .500 mark 10 times through the first 20 games of the season.


  • Dodgers INF Juan Uribe rested with a minor leg injury and is day to day.
  • Quade said he's leaning toward starting LHP James Russell on Tuesday against Colorado.
  • Dodgers C Hector Gimenez will have arthroscopic right knee surgery Tuesday in Arizona.
  • Mattingly said he thinks LHP Hong-Chih Kuo (left lower back strain) is going to make a couple rehab appearances with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga next week.
  • The Cubs recalled RHP Justin Berg from Triple-A Iowa and optioned RHP Jeff Stevens to their top farm club. Stevens pitched 3 1/3 innings in Friday's 12-2 loss to L.A., drawing praise from Quade for helping save the tired bullpen for the rest of the series.
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Jeff Baker hits the game winner for the Cubs, who endure seven unanswered Dodgers runs before reeling off five in the eighth. (AP)
Jeff Baker hits the game winner for the Cubs, who endure seven unanswered Dodgers runs before reeling off five in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game

S. Castro
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
Los Angeles

C. Blake
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Aaron Miles, 2B5110011 .214
Casey Blake, 3B3322210 .333
Andre Ethier, RF4012110 .381
Matt Kemp, CF5122013 .402
Jerry Sands, LF4110123 .136
James Loney, 1B5000002 .165
Rod Barajas, C5112021 .190
Jamey Carroll, SS4020001 .319
Ted Lilly, P2000002 .000
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1110000 .289
    Vicente Padilla, P0000000 .000
   b- Marcus Thames, PH1000001 .250
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
a-tripled for MacDougal in the 6th
b-popped out for Padilla in the 7th
2B - Andre Ethier (8, Marshall)
3B - Tony Gwynn Jr. (1, Dempster)
HR - Casey Blake (2, Dempster), Matt Kemp (5, Dempster), Rod Barajas (4, Dempster)
RBI - Casey Blake 2 (6), Andre Ethier 2 (12), Matt Kemp 2 (17), Rod Barajas 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier 2 (6), Matt Kemp (2)
SB - Jerry Sands (1, 3rd base off Marshall/Soto)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Jerry Sands 1
DP - Loney-Carroll
E - Matt Kemp (2, Throwing), James Loney (1, Interference)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Ted Lilly 4.11155130 5.13
Mike MacDougal 0.2000220 1.13
Vicente Padilla (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Matt Guerrier (BS,1; L,1-1) 1.2455120 3.65
Blake Hawksworth 0.1100000 3.60
WP - Ted Lilly (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 89-58, Mike MacDougal 20-9, Vicente Padilla 12-9, Matt Guerrier 35-25, Blake Hawksworth 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 3-5, Vicente Padilla 2-0, Matt Guerrier 2-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 23, Mike MacDougal 4, Vicente Padilla 3, Matt Guerrier 10, Blake Hawksworth 2
Chicago Cubs
Starlin Castro, SS5243000 .393
Darwin Barney, 2B5233010 .323
Marlon Byrd, CF5020012 .274
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4111022 .320
Jeff Baker, 1B5022003 .361
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Geovany Soto, C3110201 .246
Alfonso Soriano, LF4110034 .257
Reed Johnson, RF3221101 .400
Ryan Dempster, P3000014 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
   a- Kosuke Fukudome, PH0100100 .417
    Carlos Pena, 1B0000000 .176
a-walked for Samardzija in the 8th
2B - Starlin Castro (5, Lilly), Darwin Barney (4, Lilly), Jeff Baker (3, Hawksworth), Reed Johnson (3, Lilly)
SF - Aramis Ramirez (1)
RBI - Starlin Castro 3 (10), Darwin Barney 3 (10), Aramis Ramirez (9), Jeff Baker 2 (8), Reed Johnson (3)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro (3), Darwin Barney (3), Jeff Baker 2 (8)
SB - Starlin Castro (3, 2nd base off Lilly/Barajas), Darwin Barney (1, 3rd base off Lilly/Barajas), Marlon Byrd (1, 2nd base off Lilly/Barajas)
Team LOB - 8
E - Geovany Soto (2, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Dempster 5.2977333 7.63
Sean Marshall 1210010 0.90
Jeff Samardzija (W,2-0) 1.1000030 3.65
Carlos Marmol (S,5) 1000110 2.53
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 102-63, Sean Marshall 25-17, Jeff Samardzija 22-14, Carlos Marmol 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 7-7, Sean Marshall 1-2, Carlos Marmol 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 29, Sean Marshall 6, Jeff Samardzija 4, Carlos Marmol 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41161
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Tschida