Maeda sharp, Hernandez homers again, Dodgers beat Cubs 2-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Enrique Hernandez has been around the Los Angeles Dodgers long enough to know that an extended hot streak, even from a utility player, can lead to regular playing time.

Hernandez hit another homer, Kenta Maeda pitched seven strong innings and the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Monday night.

Chicago lost its fifth straight, to tie a season high, after getting swept over four games at Cincinnati. The Cubs have scored a combined 13 runs over their past five games.

Hernandez has six home runs, nine RBIs and a .773 slugging percentage over his last 13 games. Hernandez also went deep twice Sunday. He has a career-high 13 home runs, surpassing his 12 from 2017.

A nagging hamstring injury to Chris Taylor - he came off the bench for a pinch-homer Monday - has given Hernandez more chances to deliver of late.

''I would say that getting a little more playing time over these last two, three weeks has definitely helped me to stay sharp,'' said Hernandez, who hit three home runs against the Cubs in Game 5 of last year's NL Championship Series-clinching victory.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gave extended runs to offensive performers like Taylor and Austin Barnes in the second half of last season. Max Muncy has earned at-bats this year with 15 home runs and 32 RBIs.

Hernandez is making a case for himself.

''(Hernandez), on this run for us, has been as valuable, if not more valuable than anybody on our club,'' Roberts said.

Maeda (5-4) struck out nine and allowed three singles over seven innings. The Dodgers returned to Los Angeles to open a 10-game homestand after sweeping the New York Mets over the weekend in a three-game series.

As a team, the Dodgers have hit 48 home runs and gone 16-5 in June.

Kenley Jansen gave up deep a sacrifice fly to Javier Baez in the ninth inning before closing out the Cubs for his 20th save.

''We just have to work better at-bats,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''We are chasing way too much. We have to force the pitcher into the strike zone. Once we do that we will be fine.''

Cubs starter Duane Underwood (0-1) made his major league debut, recovering from a 41-pitch first inning to give up just two hits and a run over four innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.

DREAM COME TRUE

Underwood didn't sweat a 14-pitch duel with Matt Kemp in the first inning - he embraced it. Kemp walked to load the bases, but Underwood escaped the jam by retiring Yasmani Grandal on a fly ball to the warning track.

''That was beautiful,'' Underwood said. ''For me it was poetry in motion. I loved it going back and forth with the guy. ... That was great, especially idolizing the guy growing up. To go one-V-one with the guy was great. Bases loaded, I loved it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish felt soreness in his troubled triceps tendon after a minor league rehabilitation start Monday. Darvish hasn't pitched in the majors since May 20 because of right triceps tendinitis. The Japanese ace threw five sharp innings for Class A South Bend. Darvish was set to rejoin the team in Los Angeles on Tuesday to discuss his next steps. ... 3B Kris Bryant (sore shoulder), who was out of the starting lineup, is not expected to go on the DL, but is not expected to play Tuesday. ... RHP Brandon Morrow (lower back tightness) threw a bullpen and is expected to be activated Wednesday without needing a minor league rehab outing.

Dodgers: Taylor (sore left hamstring) was out of the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game. ... RHP Walker Buehler (right rib microfracture) will throw another bullpen this week that will increase the intensity from his 17-pitch bullpen Sunday, but his return remains undecided. ... RHP Pedro Baez (right biceps tendonitis) and LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder strain) will throw bullpen sessions this week. ... LHP Julio Urias (left shoulder surgery) will throw two bullpens this week, as his fastball is nearing 90 mph, but his return remains undecided.

UP NEXT

LHP Jon Lester (9-2, 2.10 ERA) will try to win his sixth consecutive start and faces the Dodgers for his second consecutive outing. RHP Ross Stripling (6-2, 1.99), who saw his six-start win streak come to an end last week at Chicago, will get another chance to beat the Cubs for the first time in his career.

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  • W: K. Maeda (5-4)L: D. Underwood (0-1)S: K. Jansen (20)
  • HR: LAD - E. Hernandez (13), C. Taylor (9)
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  • b-grounded out for Underwood in the 5th
  • c-hit into fielder's choice for Bass in the 8th
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  • a-homered for Alexander in the 8th
BATTING
  • SF - J. Baez (3)
  • RBI - J. Baez (51)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Bellinger (15)
  • HR - E. Hernandez (13), C. Taylor (9)
  • RBI - E. Hernandez (26), C. Taylor (30)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Schwarber (8)
  • DP - (Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Grandal-Hernandez; Hernandez-Muncy-Bellinger)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Underwood (L, 0-1)4.02113312.251.252.5
R. Rosario1.22000001.471.201.0
A. Bass1.10000000.870.973.0
J. Wilson0.21110113.161.47-1.5
J. Hancock0.10000001.461.140.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Underwood (L, 0-1)4.0
R. Rosario1.2
A. Bass1.1
J. Wilson0.2
J. Hancock0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda (W, 5-4)7.03001903.441.3131.5
S. Alexander (H, 7)1.02000003.481.341.0
K. Jansen (S, 20)1.02110002.450.937.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda (W, 5-4)7.0
S. Alexander (H, 7)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 20)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Underwood 77-47, R. Rosario 20-10, A. Bass 8-7, J. Wilson 9-7, J. Hancock 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Underwood 5-3, R. Rosario 1-3, A. Bass 2-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Underwood 16, R. Rosario 6, A. Bass 4, J. Wilson 3, J. Hancock
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 84-59, S. Alexander 11-7, K. Jansen 15-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 5-6, S. Alexander 2-0, K. Jansen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 24, S. Alexander 4, K. Jansen 5
  • Balks - K. Jansen (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rizzo 1B40100011.237.338.415.7530.5
J. Baez SS-3B30010030.266.307.524.831-0.5
K. Schwarber LF40200011.238.364.484.8491.5
I. Happ 3B-CF30200011.238.359.438.7971.5
C. Gimenez C20000013.115.200.115.315-0.5
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  • a-singled for Gimenez in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Underwood in the 5th
  • c-hit into fielder's choice for Bass in the 8th
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M. Muncy 2B-1B20000200.258.399.591.9902.0
J. Turner 3B40200001.250.331.384.7152.0
C. Bellinger 1B-CF30100012.240.329.491.8201.5
M. Kemp LF20000101.315.353.546.8991.0
L. Forsythe 2B00000000.225.279.338.6170.0
Y. Grandal C30000003.231.320.425.7450.0
E. Hernandez SS31111010.234.309.484.7935.5
Y. Puig RF30000000.256.324.447.7700.0
K. Maeda P20000000.105.105.105.2110.0
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Alexander in the 8th
BATTING
  • SF - J. Baez (3)
  • RBI - J. Baez (51)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Bellinger (15)
  • HR - E. Hernandez (13), C. Taylor (9)
  • RBI - E. Hernandez (26), C. Taylor (30)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Schwarber (8)
  • DP - (Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Grandal-Hernandez; Hernandez-Muncy-Bellinger)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Underwood (L, 0-1)4.02113312.251.252.5
R. Rosario1.22000001.471.201.0
A. Bass1.10000000.870.973.0
J. Wilson0.21110113.161.47-1.5
J. Hancock0.10000001.461.140.0
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PITCHERSIP
D. Underwood (L, 0-1)4.0
R. Rosario1.2
A. Bass1.1
J. Wilson0.2
J. Hancock0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda (W, 5-4)7.03001903.441.3131.5
S. Alexander (H, 7)1.02000003.481.341.0
K. Jansen (S, 20)1.02110002.450.937.0
Total9.0711190---
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda (W, 5-4)7.0
S. Alexander (H, 7)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 20)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Underwood 77-47, R. Rosario 20-10, A. Bass 8-7, J. Wilson 9-7, J. Hancock 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Underwood 5-3, R. Rosario 1-3, A. Bass 2-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Underwood 16, R. Rosario 6, A. Bass 4, J. Wilson 3, J. Hancock
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 84-59, S. Alexander 11-7, K. Jansen 15-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 5-6, S. Alexander 2-0, K. Jansen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 24, S. Alexander 4, K. Jansen 5
  • Balks - K. Jansen (2)
  • 9TH INNING
    Baez hit sacrifice fly to center, Zobrist scored12
  • 8TH INNING
    Taylor homered to center02
  • 2ND INNING
    Hernandez homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen pitching
    • Logan Forsythe at second base
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward popped out to second
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist singled to center
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Zobrist to second on balk, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rizzo singled to left, Zobrist to third
    • J. Baez: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Baez hit sacrifice fly to center, Zobrist scored
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Schwarber grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Scott Alexander relieved Kenta Maeda
    • I. Happ: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Happ singled to center
    • Willson Contreras hit for Chris Gimenez
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Contreras singled to right, Happ to second
    • Addison Russell hit for Anthony Bass
    • A. Russell: Ball, Foul, Russell reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Happ to third, Contreras out at second
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Russell out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Wilson pitching
    • Chris Taylor hit for Scott Alexander
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Taylor homered to center
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pederson struck out looking
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Muncy lined out to second
    • Justin Hancock relieved Justin Wilson
    • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Turner flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to third
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bass Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grandal flied out to left
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to third
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Puig flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heyward lined out to left
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Rosario Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Muncy lined out to shortstop
    • J. Turner: Turner singled to right
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger doubled to left center, Turner out at home, Bellinger to third
    • Anthony Bass relieved Randy Rosario
    • M. Kemp: Kemp grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber singled to right
    • I. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Happ singled to right, Schwarber to second
    • C. Gimenez: Ball, Gimenez fouled into double play catcher to shortstop, Schwarber out at second
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Duane Underwood
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, La Stella grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Randy Rosario pitching
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Puig lined out to right
    • K. Maeda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Maeda grounded out to third
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pederson flied out to deep left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist flied out to left
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to third
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Baez struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Underwood Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Kemp grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Grandal grounded out to first
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • D. Underwood: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Underwood grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Almora fouled out to first
    • J. Heyward: Heyward flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Underwood Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Turner grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Muncy out at second
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Bellinger struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber singled to right
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
    • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Underwood Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez homered to left
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Puig grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Maeda: Strike looking, Maeda grounded out to second
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pederson lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Almora grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward lined out to shortstop
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Underwood Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Turner singled to left, Muncy to second
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bellinger fouled out to third
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kemp walked, Muncy to third, Turner to second
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Foul, Grandal flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)