Rizzo's 2-run homer in 9th lifts Cubs over Dodgers 2-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Yu Darvish can rest easier now. He finally conquered his demons at Dodger Stadium.

He tossed seven innings of one-run ball while being booed heavily and Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

It was Darvish's first appearance at Chavez Ravine since getting roughed up in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. He was chased early as the Houston Astros beat Los Angeles to win their first championship. The Japanese right-hander got hit hard in both of his starts in that Series and some fans blamed him for the Dodgers' defeat.

''I had a bad couple start in the last few games with the Dodgers, so this was really important in my life,'' Darvish said. ''I think now I can move forward. I pitched good here.''

Darvish took the loss in two of Houston's four victories in the 2017 Series, compiling a whopping 21.60 ERA.

Dodgers fans didn't let him forget, either.

They booed Darvish during pregame introductions and the noise increased during his first at-bat in the third.

''I thought they'd boo me more,'' he said. ''In my mind, I had appreciation for the Dodgers. When I was there, the three months, they treated me good and my family.''

Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler harbored no animosity.

''I get where the fans are coming from,'' Buehler said, ''but he was a good guy and it was fun to pitch against him.''

The Dodgers were interested in bringing Darvish back on a free-agent deal. Instead, the Cubs signed him to a $126 million, six-year deal. He's had a rocky road in Chicago, with injuries limiting him to 22 starts in nearly 1 1/2 years. Darvish has three victories in that span.

He retired nine of his first 10 batters and that's when Cubs manager Joe Maddon knew Darvish was going to be all right.

''He knows he had to get by certain hurdles and I love the fact that he addresses them straight-up,'' Maddon said. ''This situation here, with them, back at Dodger Stadium, bad moment that had happened in the past in his career. All of the sudden, he's able to put that in the rearview mirror.''

Darvish struck out 10 - one off his season high - and walked one.

''He came in with a purpose and intent and really pitched well,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''We really didn't get a lot of good swings off him.''

The Cubs blew early leads and got outscored 12-6 in losing the first two games of the series, which has featured 12 home runs and 17 of 20 runs scored on homers.

Jansen hit Kris Bryant in the arm leading off the ninth. Rizzo followed with his team-leading 19th homer, sending a 2-0 pitch into the lower right-field seats.

Jansen (2-2) retired the next three batters, including two on strikeouts, to end the inning, but the damage was done and the Dodgers had their seven-game home winning streak snapped.

''Just being wild a few pitches,'' Jansen said. ''Today was just kind of bad, just kind of disappointed. Location was everything.''

After Justin Turner grounded out and Cody Bellinger struck out, Pedro Strop walked Max Muncy to put the tying runner on in the bottom of the inning. But Max Beaty struck out swinging to end it and give Strop his eighth save.

Kyle Ryan (2-1) got the victory with one-third inning of relief.

Buehler pitched seven scoreless innings, struck out six and walked none. He has struck out 26 in his last three starts, while allowing only one earned run in 22 innings.

Buehler retired his first 10 batters before Bryant was safe at first on a throwing error by shortstop Enrique Hernandez in the fourth.

Buehler then retired his next six straight batters before giving up back-to-back singles to Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber in the sixth. But Bryant flied out to right and Rizzo grounded out to Buehler to end the inning.

Alex Verdugo homered on the first pitch from Darvish leading off the fourth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks went on the IL with right shoulder inflammation a day after one of his worst appearances of the season Friday, when he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings. He leads the team in innings pitched and has a 3.36 ERA and staff-leading 4.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

NO DECISION

Yu extended his franchise and career record streak of no-decisions to nine. He hasn't earned a victory since April 27 against the Diamondbacks at Arizona. He was making his first career start against the Dodgers, the last remaining team he hadn't faced in the majors.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (4-6, 3.89 ERA) has lost his last five decisions. He's 1-3 with a 5.13 ERA in seven road starts.

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-1, 1.36) is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.

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  • W: K. Ryan (2-1)L: K. Jansen (2-2)S: P. Strop (8)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (19), LAD - A. Verdugo (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Bryant 3B31000002.275.395.545.9402.0
A. Rizzo 1B41121003.279.389.563.9527.0
J. Baez SS40000021.288.325.550.876-1.0
J. Heyward CF40000010.252.350.420.770-0.5
V. Caratini C40000010.321.424.500.924-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF30000011.212.293.303.596-0.5
Y. Darvish P20000010.038.037.038.075-0.5
a- D. Bote PH-2B00000100.278.357.489.8451.0
A. Russell 2B30100011.238.305.393.6980.5
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  • a-walked for Darvish in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF30000000.234.336.568.9040.0
a- C. Taylor PH-LF10100000.220.285.385.6701.0
A. Verdugo CF41111002.301.356.472.8286.0
J. Turner 3B40000020.308.393.446.840-1.0
C. Bellinger RF30000120.355.451.6941.1442.0
M. Muncy 2B30100111.279.376.541.9171.5
M. Beaty 1B40000033.280.280.380.660-1.5
E. Hernandez SS30100021.212.279.383.6620.0
A. Barnes C30000011.211.316.353.670-0.5
W. Buehler P20000010.036.100.143.243-0.5
P. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Freese PH10100000.314.424.6381.0621.0
K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Pederson in the 8th
  • b-singled for Baez in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Rizzo (19)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (51)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo 2 (2), J. Baez, C. Gonzalez
BATTING
  • HR - A. Verdugo (5)
  • RBI - A. Verdugo (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Verdugo 2 (2), M. Beaty 2 (2), E. Hernandez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Bellinger (8)
  • Picked Off - E. Hernandez
FIELDING
  • DP - (Muncy-Beaty)
  • E - E. Hernandez (3), M. Muncy (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish7.021111014.651.3925.0
B. Kintzler0.22000002.370.82-2.0
K. Ryan (W, 2-1)0.11000004.131.386.0
P. Strop (S, 8)1.00001204.401.0510.0
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish7.0
B. Kintzler0.2
K. Ryan (W, 2-1)0.1
P. Strop (S, 8)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler7.02000603.060.9225.0
P. Baez (H, 15)1.00001002.870.932.0
K. Jansen (L, 2-2) (BS, 3)1.01220213.450.84-4.0
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler7.0
P. Baez (H, 15)1.0
K. Jansen (L, 2-2) (BS, 3)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 109-68, B. Kintzler 9-6, K. Ryan 8-4, P. Strop 15-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 4-7, K. Ryan 1-0, P. Strop 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 24, B. Kintzler 3, K. Ryan 2, P. Strop 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Jansen (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 100-69, P. Baez 10-6, K. Jansen 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 9-8, P. Baez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 25, P. Baez 3, K. Jansen 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Schwarber LF40100010.234.328.472.8000.5
K. Bryant 3B31000002.275.395.545.9402.0
A. Rizzo 1B41121003.279.389.563.9527.0
J. Baez SS40000021.288.325.550.876-1.0
J. Heyward CF40000010.252.350.420.770-0.5
V. Caratini C40000010.321.424.500.924-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF30000011.212.293.303.596-0.5
Y. Darvish P20000010.038.037.038.075-0.5
a- D. Bote PH-2B00000100.278.357.489.8451.0
A. Russell 2B30100011.238.305.393.6980.5
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K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Darvish in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF30000000.234.336.568.9040.0
a- C. Taylor PH-LF10100000.220.285.385.6701.0
A. Verdugo CF41111002.301.356.472.8286.0
J. Turner 3B40000020.308.393.446.840-1.0
C. Bellinger RF30000120.355.451.6941.1442.0
M. Muncy 2B30100111.279.376.541.9171.5
M. Beaty 1B40000033.280.280.380.660-1.5
E. Hernandez SS30100021.212.279.383.6620.0
A. Barnes C30000011.211.316.353.670-0.5
W. Buehler P20000010.036.100.143.243-0.5
P. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Freese PH10100000.314.424.6381.0621.0
K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Pederson in the 8th
  • b-singled for Baez in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Rizzo (19)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (51)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo 2 (2), J. Baez, C. Gonzalez
BATTING
  • HR - A. Verdugo (5)
  • RBI - A. Verdugo (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Verdugo 2 (2), M. Beaty 2 (2), E. Hernandez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Bellinger (8)
  • Picked Off - E. Hernandez
FIELDING
  • DP - (Muncy-Beaty)
  • E - E. Hernandez (3), M. Muncy (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish7.021111014.651.3925.0
B. Kintzler0.22000002.370.82-2.0
K. Ryan (W, 2-1)0.11000004.131.386.0
P. Strop (S, 8)1.00001204.401.0510.0
Total9.05112121---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish7.0
B. Kintzler0.2
K. Ryan (W, 2-1)0.1
P. Strop (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler7.02000603.060.9225.0
P. Baez (H, 15)1.00001002.870.932.0
K. Jansen (L, 2-2) (BS, 3)1.01220213.450.84-4.0
Total9.0322181---
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler7.0
P. Baez (H, 15)1.0
K. Jansen (L, 2-2) (BS, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 109-68, B. Kintzler 9-6, K. Ryan 8-4, P. Strop 15-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 4-7, K. Ryan 1-0, P. Strop 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 24, B. Kintzler 3, K. Ryan 2, P. Strop 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Jansen (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 100-69, P. Baez 10-6, K. Jansen 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 9-8, P. Baez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 25, P. Baez 3, K. Jansen 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Rizzo homered to right, Bryant scored21
  • 4TH INNING
    Verdugo homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen pitching
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rizzo homered to right, Bryant scored
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Heyward popped out to third
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Pedro Strop relieved Kyle Ryan
    • J. Turner: Turner grounded out to first
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked
    • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beaty struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Pedro Baez relieved Walker Buehler
    • David Bote hit for Yu Darvish
    • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bote walked
    • A. Russell: Foul, Strike swinging, Russell grounded into double play second to first, Bote out at second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Schwarber fouled out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to center
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Barnes lined out to left
    • David Freese hit for Pedro Baez
    • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez out at first, Foul, Freese singled to right
    • Kyle Ryan relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • Chris Taylor hit for Joc Pederson
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Taylor singled to right center, Freese to second
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Verdugo grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Baez flied out to center
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heyward grounded out to first
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Caratini safe at first on 2nd baseman Muncy fielding error
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bellinger flied out to center
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • M. Beaty: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beaty struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • Y. Darvish: Darvish flied out to right
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Russell singled to right center
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Schwarber singled to right, Russell to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bryant flied out to right
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Pederson flied out to left
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Verdugo lined out to second
    • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Turner struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Ball, Caratini lined out to shortstop
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Barnes flied out to center
    • W. Buehler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Buehler struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Bryant safe at first on shortstop Hernandez throwing error
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo popped out to second
    • J. Baez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • A. Verdugo: Verdugo homered to center
    • J. Turner: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bellinger walked
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Bellinger stole second, Ball, Muncy grounded out to first, Bellinger to third
    • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beaty grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • Y. Darvish: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Darvish struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Russell struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barnes struck out looking
    • W. Buehler: Strike looking, Ball, Buehler grounded out to second
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pederson grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Baez flied out to deep right
    • J. Heyward: Heyward grounded out to second
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Caratini grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bellinger struck out looking
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Muncy singled to left
    • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beaty struck out looking
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Schwarber lined out to center
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bryant grounded out to third
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rizzo fouled out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pederson lined out to shortstop
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Verdugo lined out to left
    • J. Turner: Turner popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)