CHICAGO -- Three Dodgers were ejected, the starting pitcher didn't get out of the fourth inning and the Dodgers were down to their last strike.But Wrigley Field is where Los Angeles clinched the pennant last year, and the mojo carried over to Tuesday afternoon, as pinch-hitter James Farmer's clutch two-run
CHICAGO -- Three Dodgers were ejected, the starting pitcher didn't get out of the fourth inning and the Dodgers were down to their last strike.
But Wrigley Field is where Los Angeles clinched the pennant last year, and the mojo carried over to Tuesday afternoon, as pinch-hitter James Farmer's clutch two-run double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning gave the Dodgers a 4-3 comeback win over the Cubs in the early game of a makeup split doubleheader.
The Dodgers have won 22 of their past 29 and are just 1 1/2 games behind the first-place D-backs. Edward Paredes retired the only batter he faced to get the win and Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
Farmer pulled a 2-2 slider from lefty Justin Wilson, who was given the ball because Cubs closer and former Dodger Brandon Morrow, was unavailable due to a tight back. Farmer doubled in Austin Barnes, who led off the ninth with a walk while pinch-hitting for Joc Pederson -- who opened the game with a homer -- and Justin Turner, who singled.
"I thought he'd come in. I was surprised he didn't," Farmer said after not facing Morrow.
Farmer was batting in the fifth spot in the order, which originally was held by Matt Kemp, until Kemp was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing strikes with plate umpire Tripp Gibson. Almost immediately after tossing Kemp, Gibson ejected manager Dave Roberts, and he made it a hat trick in the ninth inning by banishing Yasmani Grandal for the same offense after Grandal struck out for the fourth time. Then Farmer came up.
Kemp has been ejected three times this year and 17 times in his career. He said he deserved to be ejected for what he said to Gibson, but he tried to turn it into a positive.
"I shouldn't have gotten kicked out in that situation right there, early in the game. My spot came up twice," said Kemp. "But if it wasn't for me getting kicked out, Farmer wouldn't have come up and hit that double, so everything worked out."
Roberts explained his ejection.
"I just thought, it seemed to me, there were more pitches that went their way than our way," said Roberts. "I thought [a ball to Turner] was off the plate. Matt's ball was down, I could see it from the side. I want to protect the player and I just didn't agree with those calls. He did what he's supposed to do."
That said, Roberts also praised the resilience of his club, from Chris Taylor getting hit by a pitch on the helmet and staying in to triple (his seventh), to Turner scoring from first on the double by Farmer, who was the last position player on the bench.
"It says a lot about our guys," Roberts said.
Farmer has played in only 32 games this season while shuttling back and forth to Triple-A Oklahoma City, but this was his third game-winning hit, down the opposite foul line -- similar to the one he delivered against the Giants last year in his Major League debut.
"He's got a good pulse," said Roberts. "He's had some big hits for us, big spots. And you can see guys that don't expand and have a way of locking it in."
Wilson fell behind Farmer, 2-0.
"Then he blew one by me pretty good," said Farmer, who is 6-for-16 as a pinch-hitter this year. "Then I fouled a ball and he threw me a slider down and in, and I put a bat on it, luckily."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hudson clamps down: After Dodgers reliever Adam Liberatore walked the first two Cubs batting in the fifth inning, acting manager Bob Geren brought in Daniel Hudson, who pitched around a wild pitch to strike out Chris Gimenez and pinch-hitter Thomas La Stella before retiring Kristopher Bryant on a flyout, stranding two runners in scoring position.
The Dodgers have trailed after the eighth inning in 31 games this season. This was only the second time in those situations that they've rallied to win.
HE SAID IT
"If you're not commanding your fastball, you're going to be in trouble. I just didn't think he had it today. From everything I get from Kenta Maeda and the training staff, physically, he's fine. I'd say the inconsistency is from not pitching."
-- Roberts, on whether Maeda, who walked a career-high five in 3 2/3 innings, is not fully healed from a strained right hip
Rich Hill will be activated for his first start since May 19 in Game 2 of a split doubleheader vs. the Cubs. Hill departed that last outing vs. the Nationals after just two pitches due to a blister. The southpaw will be opposed by Mike Montgomery, with first pitch set for 5:05 p.m. PT at Wrigley Field.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com.