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Chicago at Los Angeles

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Chi. Cubs (56-76) «001001100391
L.A. Dodgers (77-55)000001010272

Cubs edge Kershaw, Dodgers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- Travis Wood took his share of lumps in August, losing three in a row for the scuffling Chicago Cubs. He ended the month with a bang, outpitching Clayton Kershaw in a matchup of All-Star lefties.

Wood limited the Dodgers to one unearned run in a 3-2 victory Tuesday night that snapped Chicago's eight-game skid against first-place Los Angeles.

"To go seven innings and give up one run is huge," Wood said. "He's pretty much the best pitcher in the game. I was fortunate to go out and make some good pitches and keep us in there. You know he's bringing his 'A' game and his 'B' game is pretty solid."

Wood (8-10) allowed five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked two for his first victory since July 28 at San Francisco.

"He matched him pitch for pitch and actually outdid him," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That was as good a stuff as he's had in a long time."

Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth to earn his 27th save in 32 chances.

The Cubs, who had lost eight of 10, ended their longest slide against Los Angeles with their first victory at Dodger Stadium since 2011.

After losing 6-2 against Zack Greinke in the series opener, the Cubs caught Kershaw on a decidedly off-night for the ace who came in with a major league-leading 1.72 ERA. Kershaw's streak of 18 scoreless innings, dating to Aug. 17, ended in the third when the Cubs took a 1-0 lead.

"We battled and took advantage of the few mistakes he made," Sveum said. "It's pretty much one of our most satisfying wins, that's for sure."

Kershaw (13-8) gave up two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out nine and walked three.

"You're never going to have your best stuff every game, so you've got to figure out ways to get some guys out regardless," he said. "There were too many guys on base, too many walks, too many times behind in the count. Unfortunately, I couldn't go deeper into the game for our guys, but I was just trying to limit the damage."

Cody Ransom hit Kershaw in the left ankle leading off the sixth, and the pitcher departed the game four batters later after giving up a two-out single to Starlin Castro, who got two hits off Kershaw to end an 0 for 13 career drought against him.

Dioner Navarro's RBI single scored Wood, who singled leading off the third. Kershaw was more impressed with Wood's throwing.

"He's an All-Star for a reason," Kershaw said. "He kept us off-balance and had a good cutter working the whole game."

Los Angeles trailed 3-2 in the eighth on Andre Ethier's RBI single up the middle. The Dodgers had the tying and go-ahead runs on base, but pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker grounded into an inning-ending double play.

"He went after guys with the fastball," Navarro said of Wood. "It was a great group effort."

The Cubs made it 2-0 in the sixth on Castro's RBI single. Ransom's single to third bounced off Kershaw, and Darnell McDonald walked. Cole Gillespie struck out before Ransom took third on Kershaw's wild pitch. He struck out Wood and then Castro singled.

Chicago extended its lead to 3-1 in the seventh on pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevic's double-play groundout that scored Navarro, who singled leading off.

The Dodgers closed to 2-1 in the sixth on Juan Uribe's RBI single with two outs that scored Hanley Ramirez, who singled and took second on Wood's throwing error.

Notes

  • The Cubs improved to 31-35 on the road compared to 25-41 at home.
  • Kershaw is three strikeouts from posting his fourth consecutive 200-strikeout/200-inning season.
  • The announced sellout crowd of 52,326 made the Dodgers the first major-league team to surpass 3 million for this season. It is the quickest the club has reached that mark since 2008, when it also did so on Aug. 19 in the 67th home game. The Dodgers have totaled 3,048,474 in attendance.
  • Chicago natives Bob Newhart and John C. Reilly attended the game.
 
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Despite Andre Ethier's slide, Starlin Castro successfully turns a double play that kills the Dodgers' rally in the eighth.  (USATSI)
Despite Andre Ethier's slide, Starlin Castro successfully turns a double play that kills the Dodgers' rally in the eighth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Navarro
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS5021001 .240
Darwin Barney, 2B4010003 .217
Dioner Navarro, C4121121 .296
Donnie Murphy, 3B3010224 .286
Junior Lake, CF4000026 .304
Cody Ransom, 1B3110010 .194
   a-Brian Bogusevic, PH-LF2000012 .274
Darnell McDonald, LF2000110 .150
   b-Anthony Rizzo, PH-1B1000112 .231
Cole Gillespie, RF4010013 .200
Travis Wood, P4110013 .255
Totals36392512  
a-grounded into a double play for Ransom in the 7th
b-was walked intentionally for McDonald in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Starlin Castro (33), Dioner Navarro (27)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro (13)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Castro-Rizzo
E - Travis Wood (1, Throwing)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,8-10) 7510260 3.09
Pedro Strop (H,11) 1211010 4.80
Kevin Gregg (S,27) 1000100 3.12
IBB - Ellis by Travis Wood
WP - Travis Wood (5)
HBP - Ethier (by Travis Wood), Ellis (by Pedro Strop)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 105-69, Pedro Strop 18-12, Kevin Gregg 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 3-12, Pedro Strop 1-0
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 29, Pedro Strop 5, Kevin Gregg 4
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF4000100 .288
Yasiel Puig, RF5020011 .347
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000022 .291
Hanley Ramirez, SS4230001 .345
Mark Ellis, 2B3000001 .273
Andre Ethier, CF2011101 .273
Juan Uribe, 3B3011011 .271
   a-Skip Schumaker, PH1000001 .269
A.J. Ellis, C3000112 .246
Clayton Kershaw, P2000023 .152
   Nick Punto, 3B2000000 .251
Totals3327237  
a-grounded into a double play for Belisario in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Andre Ethier (46), Juan Uribe (37)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Uribe (12)
SB - Yasiel Puig (8, 2nd base off Wood/Navarro)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Ellis-Gonzalez
E - A.J. Ellis (3, Interference), Nick Punto (8, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (L,13-8) 5.2721390 1.72
Brian Wilson 0.1000000 0.00
Ronald Belisario 2211100 3.18
Carlos Marmol 0.1000110 4.99
Paco Rodriguez 0.2000020 1.89
IBB - Rizzo by Ronald Belisario
WP - Clayton Kershaw (10)
HBP - Lake (by Ronald Belisario)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 108-71, Brian Wilson 4-2, Ronald Belisario 26-17, Carlos Marmol 15-8, Paco Rodriguez 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-3, Brian Wilson 1-0, Ronald Belisario 5-0, Carlos Marmol 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 28, Brian Wilson 1, Ronald Belisario 9, Carlos Marmol 3, Paco Rodriguez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 52326
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Victor Carapazza