Dodgers outslug Cubs with 4 homers to win 7-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Bellinger's recent 0-for-13 slump appears to have been a mere blip in a memorable season so far.

Bellinger hit a pair of home runs, Max Muncy and David Freese each added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

The leading vote-getter in All-Star balloting, Bellinger is batting .358 with 22 homers and 57 RBIs.

The slugger ended his skid at the plate in a loss at the Angels earlier this week. Now he's back home, where Bellinger has 14 homers and has hit safely in 28 of 32 games.

''A lot of work in the cage and tried to get back to where I was,'' he said. ''We're good at bouncing back and forgetting about the past, treat every day like it's a new day.''

Bellinger belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning. He added a solo shot in the seventh and drew chants of ''MVP! MVP!''

''Just don't think of him as a hitter - he's a great athlete,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''He plays all over the place, he plays every position well, he can run.''

The NL West-leading Dodgers rallied from a 3-0 deficit after Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant hit leadoff homers against Clayton Kershaw in the early innings.

The Cubs arrived in Los Angeles having just ended a five-game road skid, but they've lost eight of 10 away from home. The loss dropped them a game behind the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who were idle.

It wasn't a great night for either team's left-handed ace.

Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, gave up three homers. Kershaw, a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed two.

Kershaw (6-1) yielded three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

''It's not great, but you can live with that,'' Kershaw said.

Julio Urias earned his third save with three scoreless innings of relief.

Lester (5-5) gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

''They've got great hitters,'' he said. ''Bellinger's probably one of the better hitters I've seen, as far as his approach and not chasing, playing the game and doing all that.''

Lester got hit in the left foot by a comebacker from Freese in the fourth and said it was sore after the game.

Schwarber's homer came on the first pitch of the game and Willson Contreras added an RBI single in the first.

Bryant hit his 14th homer in the third.

Lester retired 10 of his first 11 batters before getting hit hard in the fifth. With one out, he allowed five consecutive hits - including two-run homers by Bellinger and Muncy - that gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.

The Cubs turned a double play to escape the inning.

''It's great when those lefties get going like that against Lester,'' Kershaw said.

Freese slugged a two-run shot off Lester with two outs in the fifth, extending the lead to 6-3.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Carl Edwards Jr. didn't make the trip to LA because of stiffness in his upper back.

Dodgers: SS Corey Seager went on the injured list with a left hamstring strain, the result of getting hurt in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Angels.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 3.00 ERA) has been strong over his last three starts. He has a 2.05 ERA with 20 strikeouts and two walks in that span.

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (3-1, 2.40) has averaged 10.80 strikeouts per nine innings and held Cubs batters to a .167 average in two career games. He has no record or ERA in those games.

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  • W: C. Kershaw (6-1)L: J. Lester (5-5)S: J. Urias (3)
  • HR: CHC - K. Bryant (14), K. Schwarber (15), LAD - D. Freese (8), M. Muncy (16), C. Bellinger 2 (22)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Bryant RF22111201.270.392.536.9279.0
A. Rizzo 1B40100012.280.393.548.9410.5
J. Baez SS40100012.296.334.567.9010.5
W. Contreras C30110102.278.383.526.9083.0
A. Almora CF40000013.245.289.406.695-0.5
A. Russell 2B40100020.244.315.410.7250.0
J. Lester P20000011.200.368.267.635-0.5
a- D. Descalso PH10000010.190.287.285.571-0.5
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D. Bote 3B40000012.276.352.483.835-0.5
  • a-struck out for Lester in the 6th
  • b-singled for Kintzler in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Hernandez LF30000121.212.281.387.6680.0
J. Turner 3B41100012.313.398.442.8401.5
D. Freese 1B42221010.308.419.6351.0548.5
C. Bellinger RF42332010.358.449.7041.15313.5
C. Taylor SS31100110.220.287.390.6772.5
M. Muncy 2B41121012.278.372.542.9146.5
A. Verdugo CF30200110.303.361.465.8253.5
A. Barnes C40100003.215.322.362.6841.0
C. Kershaw P10000010.048.048.048.095-0.5
a- K. Garlick PH10000001.111.111.222.3330.0
J. Urias P10000000.400.500.400.9000.0
  • a-popped out for Kershaw in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (11)
  • HR - K. Schwarber (15), K. Bryant (14)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (33), K. Bryant (37), W. Contreras (36)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber, A. Rizzo, W. Contreras 2 (2), A. Almora
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Verdugo (14)
  • HR - D. Freese (8), C. Bellinger 2 (22), M. Muncy (16)
  • SH - C. Kershaw (3)
  • RBI - D. Freese 2 (22), C. Bellinger 3 (57), M. Muncy 2 (42)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese 2 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Hernandez, J. Turner 2 (2), M. Muncy 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Rizzo (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Baez-Russell-Rizzo; Kintzler-Russell-Rizzo)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Freese)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (L, 5-5)5.09661734.081.34-2.5
T. Collins2.02111214.051.803.0
B. Kintzler1.00001002.430.782.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (L, 5-5)5.0
T. Collins2.0
B. Kintzler1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (W, 6-1)6.07332823.131.0820.0
J. Urias (S, 3)3.01001003.121.0414.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (W, 6-1)6.0
J. Urias (S, 3)3.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 95-58, T. Collins 40-25, B. Kintzler 13-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 5-2, T. Collins 1-3, B. Kintzler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 24, T. Collins 9, B. Kintzler 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 93-62, J. Urias 41-26
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 5-4, J. Urias 4-4
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 26, J. Urias 10
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Schwarber LF41211001.238.335.484.8197.0
K. Bryant RF22111201.270.392.536.9279.0
A. Rizzo 1B40100012.280.393.548.9410.5
J. Baez SS40100012.296.334.567.9010.5
W. Contreras C30110102.278.383.526.9083.0
A. Almora CF40000013.245.289.406.695-0.5
A. Russell 2B40100020.244.315.410.7250.0
J. Lester P20000011.200.368.267.635-0.5
a- D. Descalso PH10000010.190.287.285.571-0.5
T. Collins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- V. Caratini PH10100000.353.459.5491.0081.0
D. Bote 3B40000012.276.352.483.835-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Lester in the 6th
  • b-singled for Kintzler in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Hernandez LF30000121.212.281.387.6680.0
J. Turner 3B41100012.313.398.442.8401.5
D. Freese 1B42221010.308.419.6351.0548.5
C. Bellinger RF42332010.358.449.7041.15313.5
C. Taylor SS31100110.220.287.390.6772.5
M. Muncy 2B41121012.278.372.542.9146.5
A. Verdugo CF30200110.303.361.465.8253.5
A. Barnes C40100003.215.322.362.6841.0
C. Kershaw P10000010.048.048.048.095-0.5
a- K. Garlick PH10000001.111.111.222.3330.0
J. Urias P10000000.400.500.400.9000.0
Total3271174399-----
  • a-popped out for Kershaw in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (11)
  • HR - K. Schwarber (15), K. Bryant (14)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (33), K. Bryant (37), W. Contreras (36)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber, A. Rizzo, W. Contreras 2 (2), A. Almora
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Verdugo (14)
  • HR - D. Freese (8), C. Bellinger 2 (22), M. Muncy (16)
  • SH - C. Kershaw (3)
  • RBI - D. Freese 2 (22), C. Bellinger 3 (57), M. Muncy 2 (42)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese 2 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Hernandez, J. Turner 2 (2), M. Muncy 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Rizzo (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Baez-Russell-Rizzo; Kintzler-Russell-Rizzo)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Freese)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (L, 5-5)5.09661734.081.34-2.5
T. Collins2.02111214.051.803.0
B. Kintzler1.00001002.430.782.0
Total8.01177394---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (L, 5-5)5.0
T. Collins2.0
B. Kintzler1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (W, 6-1)6.07332823.131.0820.0
J. Urias (S, 3)3.01001003.121.0414.0
Total9.0833382---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (W, 6-1)6.0
J. Urias (S, 3)3.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 95-58, T. Collins 40-25, B. Kintzler 13-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 5-2, T. Collins 1-3, B. Kintzler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 24, T. Collins 9, B. Kintzler 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 93-62, J. Urias 41-26
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 5-4, J. Urias 4-4
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 26, J. Urias 10
  • 7TH INNING
    Bellinger homered to right37
  • 5TH INNING
    Freese homered to right, Turner scored36
  • 4TH INNING
    Muncy homered to center, Taylor scored34
    Bellinger homered to left center, Freese scored32
  • 3RD INNING
    Bryant homered to center30
  • 1ST INNING
    Contreras singled to left, Bryant scored, Rizzo to third20
    Schwarber homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Russell grounded out to second
    • Victor Caratini hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Caratini singled to right
    • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bote lined into double play third to first, Caratini out at first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Baez popped out to first
    • Wi. Contreras: Foul, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Almora grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Tim Collins
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Verdugo walked
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Barnes grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Verdugo out at second
    • J. Urias: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Urias grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Julio Urias pitching
    • D. Bote: Ball, Bote grounded out to second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber popped bunt out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Rizzo flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Collins Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger homered to right
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Almora grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Jon Lester
    • D. Descalso: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tim Collins pitching
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Verdugo doubled to left center
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Barnes grounded out to second, Verdugo to third
    • Kyle Garlick hit for Clayton Kershaw
    • K. Garlick: Garlick popped out to second
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Turner flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber singled to center
    • K. Bryant: Bryant popped out to first
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rizzo popped out to third
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Baez singled to center, Schwarber to second
    • Wi. Contreras: Contreras reached on fielder's choice to third, Schwarber out at third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • C. Kershaw: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kershaw struck out swinging
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Turner singled to left
    • D. Freese: Freese homered to right, Turner scored
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger singled to right
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked, Bellinger to second
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • J. Lester: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lester struck out looking
    • D. Bote: Bote grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Turner flied out to deep right
    • D. Freese: Foul, Foul, Freese reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger homered to left center, Freese scored
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor singled to right center
    • M. Muncy: Muncy homered to center, Taylor scored
    • A. Verdugo: Verdugo singled to left
    • A. Barnes: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Barnes grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Verdugo out at second
    • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant homered to center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Rizzo struck out on foul tip
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
    • Wi. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras walked
    • A. Almora: Almora popped out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Verdugo struck out swinging
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Barnes singled to center
    • C. Kershaw: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kershaw hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Barnes to second
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Russell singled to right
    • J. Lester: Foul, Lester fouled out to catcher
    • D. Bote: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Taylor flied out to deep left
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Ball, Muncy grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber homered to center
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo doubled to deep right, Bryant to third
    • J. Baez: Baez grounded out to pitcher
    • Wi. Contreras: Strike looking, Contreras singled to left, Bryant scored, Rizzo to third
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Rizzo caught stealing home, catcher to third to catcher
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freese grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)