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Ethier's hit streak to 21 games, Dodgers top Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Andre Ethier is feeling comfortable in the Dodgers' lineup, and it's paying off at the plate.

Ethier had an RBI single in the first inning off Carlos Zambrano to extend his hitting-streak to 21 games and lead Los Angeles to a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Ethier is one of only three players in baseball history with hits in 21 or more consecutive games in April. Ethier's former manager Joe Torre had a 22-game streak in 1972 and Arizona's Danny Bautista hit in 21 straight in 2004.

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"It's about going up there and executing and being confident, Ethier said. "It's nice knowing I don't have to do too much with guys in front of me and behind me doing their jobs and picking me up. It makes my job a lot easier."

Aaron Miles led off the game with a triple into the right field corner to set up the easy RBI opportunity for Ethier, who finished with two hits.

"We saw yesterday that that team fights back so we jumped on them early and tried to stay on them," said Miles, who had three hits.

The Dodgers, who have won four of five, tagged Zambrano with his first loss since June 25.

"I knew sooner or later I was going to lose a game, unfortunately it was today," Zambrano said. "I enjoyed the winning streak a lot, but it's over with. Let's get another win on my next time and I'll be ready for that."

Zambrano (2-1) settled after a rocky opening and gave up only one more run through five innings of work.

Zambrano won eight straight from Aug. 14 through the end of the 2010 season -- he was suspended after a June 25 dugout tirade and didn't return until late July. And he was 2-0 through four starts entering Sunday's game. The streak was the Cubs' longest since Rick Sutcliffe won 16 straight between 1984-85.

"I was a little off today," said Zambrano, who gave up eight hits and struck out four. "Pitching in the first inning wasn't good. My sinker was not good, but other than that I was able to throw five innings."

Cubs manager Mike Quade could tell Zambrano wasn't sharp.

"He just didn't make quality pitches from what I can see," he said. "He's been pretty good and it's just unfortunate that he had a rough first inning today."

Dodgers right hander Hiroki Kuroda (3-2) gave up three hits and two first-inning runs, then settled down and scattered six hits the rest of the way. He surrendered three runs -- two earned -- struck out seven and walked none.

"I had really good movement on the splitter today," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "With five runs of support, I felt responsible for winning this game."

Miles led a succession of first-inning base runners when he opened with a triple down the right field line. No. 2 batter Casey Blake was hit by a Zambrano pitch and Ethier followed with an infield single that scored Miles.

Matt Kemp drove home Blake with an infield single while Jerry Sands' double scored Ethier. James Loney hit into a fielder's choice that brought home Kemp, while Sands closed the scoring on a Rob Barajas sacrifice fly.

The Cubs scored twice in the bottom of the first while Kuroda struck out three.

Starlin Castro and Carlos Pena had RBI.

After seeing seven runs scored in the first, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had felt he might be in for another wild ride, similar to the 10-8 loss just a day earlier.

"When they get the two [runs] right back, you kind of feel like you have a chance to get into one of those games," Mattingly said. "Both guys really settled in and pitched well after that."

The Dodgers added a solo run in the third when Kemp doubled with one out and came home on Loney's two-out single to left.

In the sixth, Barajas singled and scored off left-handed reliever John Grabow. Miles' single to left brought Barajas home for a 7-2 Dodger lead.


  • Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe missed his second straight game with a sore thigh. He was hitting .435 (10 for 23) with two homers, nine RBI and five runs scored during a recent six-game hitting streak
  • Castro was hitting .500 in 46 at-bats when leading off entering Sunday's series finale, including four hits on Saturday. He moved down to third on Sunday with Kosuke Fukudome leading off
  • The Cubs host their first official night night game Monday against Colorado.
  • Exactly 49 years ago, Dodger lefty Sandy Koufax tied his own team record by striking out 18 Cubs at Wrigley Field in a 10-2 victory.
  • The Cubs and Yankees are the only teams in baseball with winning or losing streaks no longer than two games
  • Fukudome is off to his best March/April big league start with a .417 average entering Sunday. He has a .346 career average (93 for 269) in March/April games through four seasons.
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Andre Ethier becomes one of three players in major-league history to have a 21-game hit streak in April as he goes 2 for 5.  (AP)
Andre Ethier becomes one of three players in major-league history to have a 21-game hit streak in April as he goes 2 for 5. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Miles
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

D. Barney
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Aaron Miles, 2B5131001 .255
Casey Blake, 3B2100202 .321
Andre Ethier, RF5121013 .382
Matt Kemp, CF5221011 .402
Jerry Sands, LF4111111 .154
James Loney, 1B5012001 .167
Rod Barajas, C3111001 .197
Jamey Carroll, SS3010101 .320
Hiroki Kuroda, P3000011 .077
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
   a- Marcus Thames, PH1000001 .240
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for MacDougal in the 8th
2B - Matt Kemp (7, Zambrano), Jerry Sands (3, Zambrano), Jamey Carroll (3, Zambrano)
3B - Aaron Miles (1, Zambrano)
SF - Rod Barajas (1)
RBI - Aaron Miles (3), Andre Ethier (13), Matt Kemp (18), Jerry Sands (4), James Loney 2 (10), Rod Barajas (7)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Miles (2), James Loney (3)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Jerry Sands 1
E - Jamey Carroll (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda (W,3-2) 6.2932070 3.21
Mike MacDougal (H,1) 0.1000000 1.08
Blake Hawksworth 1100010 3.27
Jonathan Broxton 1000100 4.66
WP - Hiroki Kuroda (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 94-63, Mike MacDougal 3-2, Blake Hawksworth 17-10, Jonathan Broxton 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 7-6, Mike MacDougal 1-0, Blake Hawksworth 2-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 29, Mike MacDougal 1, Blake Hawksworth 4, Jonathan Broxton 4
Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5120001 .415
Darwin Barney, 2B5121011 .329
Starlin Castro, SS4001002 .376
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4020012 .329
Carlos Pena, 1B4011022 .182
Marlon Byrd, CF4020013 .284
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000013 .244
Geovany Soto, C3110110 .250
Carlos Zambrano, P1000010 .300
   a- Reed Johnson, PH1000000 .381
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
   b- Tyler Colvin, PH1000001 .128
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
    Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
   c- Blake DeWitt, PH1000001 .250
a-flied out for Zambrano in the 5th
b-popped out for Berg in the 7th
c-fouled out for Mateo in the 9th
2B - Kosuke Fukudome (1, Kuroda), Aramis Ramirez (6, Kuroda), Geovany Soto (4, Kuroda)
RBI - Darwin Barney (11), Starlin Castro (11), Carlos Pena (5)
2-OUT RBI - Darwin Barney (4)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Zambrano-Barney-Pena, Barney-Castro-Pena, Barney-Castro-Pena
E - Darwin Barney (2, Throwing), Starlin Castro (4, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (L,2-1) 5866040 5.28
John Grabow 1210100 5.59
Justin Berg 1000000 0.00
Kerry Wood 1000100 2.45
Marcos Mateo 1100200 7.71
HBP - Blake (by Carlos Zambrano)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 85-55, John Grabow 23-15, Justin Berg 14-11, Kerry Wood 16-10, Marcos Mateo 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-3, John Grabow 2-2, Justin Berg 2-1, Kerry Wood 1-2, Marcos Mateo 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 23, John Grabow 7, Justin Berg 3, Kerry Wood 4, Marcos Mateo 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32943
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 48
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jeff Nelson