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Puig goes deep, scores twice as Dodgers take down Cubs

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CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' offense helped out Ricky Nolasco.

Nolasco allowed three solo home runs, but the Dodgers' offense led the way in a 6-4 comeback victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

"I made three terrible pitches," Nolasco said. "When those balls leave your hand, you know they're not coming back."

The team arrived at its downtown hotel at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

"The key is just coming in every day and grinding," Nolasco said. "The guy's had a tough flight yesterday, coming in early. But once it becomes game time, everybody knows the job we have to do."

Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo each homered twice for the Cubs, who lost for the fourth time in five games. The Cubs finished with five hits.

Yasiel Puig hit a long home run and scored two runs, and Hanley Ramirez and Jerry Hairston each drove in two runs to help pick up Nolasco.

It also gave the Dodgers a win a night after having a four-game winning streak snapped and improved their record to 11-2 since the All-Star break.

"But, you know, it was a good thing nobody's on. Three bad pitches and those pitches usually go out of any park. I was able to give us a chance to win and Jerry came through with that big hit. The offense is eventually going to come around and score. It's a good feeling."

The Dodgers have won 11 straight road games, with their last loss away from home coming on July 6 at San Francisco.

"It was a win; that's what I like," manager Don Mattingly said. "It was a little bit of a battle. At the end of the day, if you get a win on a day like this. ... I thought the boys pushed it pretty good."

Nolasco (7-9) lasted just five innings. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save.

Things didn't look good early for the Dodgers when the Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back solo homers from Lake and Rizzo.

The Dodgers tied it in the top of the third inning on a two-run double by Ramirez, scoring Puig and Adrian Gonzalez.

The Cubs reclaimed a 3-2 lead in the bottom half on another solo homer by Lake.

Cubs starter Chris Rusin (1-1) was sharp in the fourth and fifth innings, but appeared to get tired in the sixth. He was pulled after allowing a single and a walk to the first two batters.

"My stuff was there. I thought in the third inning I left a couple pitches up and they put it down in the corner and scored a couple runs," said Rusin, who allowed four runs in five-plus innings

"They're a good team. You can't make those mistakes because they'll capitalize on it."

Following a sacrifice bunt by eighth-place hitter Tim Federowicz, Hairston pinch hit for Nolasco and singled off reliever Michael Bowden to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.

One out later, Puig doubled to send runners to second and third and Gonzalez dropped a soft liner into center to make it 5-3. Cubs center fielder David DeJesus threw out Puig at the plate with a perfect one-hop throw.

Rizzo added another solo homer in the eighth, his second two-homer game of the season, to pull the Cubs within a run, but Puig answered with a long solo blast in the top of the ninth.

"That's what I like about the win, the fact that we come from behind," Mattingly said. "They go back up again and we're able to come back again. Jerry gets a big hit. Jerry's hit was huge and then Adrian and Yasiel get us add-ons. We needed every one of them."

Notes

  • RHP Carlos Marmol returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers on July 2. "I feel great wearing the uniform," he said before the game. "I'm in first place right now. I'm so happy."
  • The Cubs announced the signing of 16-year-old OF Eloy Jimenez from the Dominican Republic. Jimenez was considered one of the best international prospects available this season.
  • Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3) faces LHP Travis Wood (7-7) in the second game of the series.
 
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Yasiel Puig puts an exclamation mark on the win in Wrigley with a solo shot in the ninth inning.  (USATSI)
Yasiel Puig puts an exclamation mark on the win in Wrigley with a solo shot in the ninth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

A. Rizzo
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF5010001 .278
Yasiel Puig, CF4221112 .367
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5121000 .299
Hanley Ramirez, SS5012010 .370
Juan Uribe, 3B4010021 .262
Scott Van Slyke, RF4120002 .253
Mark Ellis, 2B3110100 .280
Tim Federowicz, C2010100 .210
Ricky Nolasco, P2000004 .143
   a-Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1112000 .252
   b-Skip Schumaker, PH1000010 .265
Totals36612635  
a-singled for Nolasco in the 6th
b-struck out for Withrow in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yasiel Puig (11, Bowden), Hanley Ramirez (17, Rusin), Scott Van Slyke (7, Sanchez), Mark Ellis (6, Rusin)
HR - Yasiel Puig (11, Rondon)
SH - Tim Federowicz (1)
RBI - Yasiel Puig (24), Adrian Gonzalez (66), Hanley Ramirez 2 (37), Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (24)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Ellis-Gonzalez
E - Hanley Ramirez (7, Throwing)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (W,7-9) 5433163 3.78
J.P. Howell (H,8) 0.2000200 2.25
Chris Withrow (H,2) 1.1000020 2.84
Paco Rodriguez (H,13) 1111011 2.39
Kenley Jansen (S,15) 1000030 2.11
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 82-52, J.P. Howell 20-8, Chris Withrow 16-12, Paco Rodriguez 14-9, Kenley Jansen 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 4-5, J.P. Howell 2-0, Chris Withrow 1-1, Paco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 20, J.P. Howell 4, Chris Withrow 4, Paco Rodriguez 4, Kenley Jansen 3
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF4000020 .268
Junior Lake, LF4222010 .323
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3222110 .245
Dioner Navarro, C4000001 .286
Nate Schierholtz, RF3000110 .266
Starlin Castro, SS4000020 .246
Luis Valbuena, 3B1000110 .222
   a-Cody Ransom, PH-3B2000022 .209
Darwin Barney, 2B4010021 .212
Chris Rusin, P2000001 .143
   b-Julio Borbon, PH1000000 .192
Totals32454312  
a-struck out for Valbuena in the 6th
b-popped out for Sanchez in the 7th
Batting
HR - Junior Lake 2 (4, Nolasco), Anthony Rizzo 2 (17, Nolasco)
RBI - Junior Lake 2 (7), Anthony Rizzo 2 (62)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Rusin (L,1-1) 5744340 3.98
Michael Bowden (BS,2) 1311000 3.86
Eduardo Sanchez 1100000 0.00
Hector Rondon 2111011 6.17
IBB - Federowicz by Chris Rusin
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Rusin 94-55, Michael Bowden 17-13, Eduardo Sanchez 14-8, Hector Rondon 26-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Rusin 4-7, Michael Bowden 1-1, Hector Rondon 3-2
Batters Faced - Chris Rusin 25, Michael Bowden 5, Eduardo Sanchez 3, Hector Rondon 7
Game Information
Attendance - 34005
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Jerry Layne