Turner's blast keys Dodgers' win over Cubs
CHICAGO -- Adrian Gonzalez led off the second inning with his 13th home run and Justin Turner added a three-run shot in the third to power the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory Wednesday night over the Cubs and snap Chicago's winning streak at four.
The Cubs beat Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in back-to-back games to start the series, but had trouble against Wednesday's starter, Mike Bolsinger, who grew up in suburban Gurnee, Ill., north of Chicago. The right-hander struck out six in the first four innings, but the Cubs knocked him out in the fifth after Addison Russell hit an RBI double and later scored when Anthony Rizzo grounded into a double play.
Joc Pederson's RBI single in the eighth provided an insurance run, while Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save.
The Dodgers were without Yasiel Puig, who was scratched at game time because of an open callus on his left hand.
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Helping himself: You knew the Dodgers' offense might break out when Bolsinger doubled in the second inning, a prelim to Turner's three-run shot. It was Bolsinger's first hit of the season, coming in his 21st at-bat, and third of his career in 41 plate appearances.
Needed relief: It took three relievers, but the Dodgers escaped a seventh-inning jam. Joel Peralta got two quick outs, Adam Liberatore walked his only batter, Juan Nicasio allowed a single to Kris Bryant and then got Miguel Montero to fly out after Montero swung and missed at a 3-0 pitch.
Home is not where wins are: Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks remained winless in six starts at Wrigley Field this season. The right-hander served up two home runs in a game for the first time this season, and was lifted after giving up four runs on four hits over five innings. Hendricks now has been charged with 10 earned runs over 10 innings in his last two starts.
Heads-up play: The Dodgers' Andre Ethier was at first with one out in the fourth when Yasmani Grandal hit a grounder toward right field. Cubs first baseman Rizzo fielded the ball between first and second, and tagged Ethier as the right fielder headed toward second base. Rizzo then threw to Hendricks, who was covering at first, to get Grandal and end the inning. More >
The Dodgers lost a manager's challenge in the top of the fifth inning, when second-base umpire Jordan Baker ruled that Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan made a diving catch of Jimmy Rollins' sinking line drive. A replay official confirmed the call.
The Cubs challenged the final out of the game, as Joe Maddon contested a call that Chris Denorfia was out at second trying to stretch his two-out hit into a double. After review, it was ruled that the call would stand, and the game was over.
Dodgers: Starting pitcher Carlos Frias is coming off a loss to the Giants on Sunday, when he allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Thursday's 11:10 a.m. PT series finale will be the fifth start since his last win, May 30 at St. Louis. It's his first career start against the Cubs.
Cubs: Jon Lester makes his 15th start of the season on Thursday in the Cubs' series finale against the Dodgers, and the lefty is looking for his first win since May 16. He's 0-3 in six starts since then. Lester posted a quality start in his last outing against the Twins, giving up three hits over 6 1/3 innings, but did not get a decision. This will be his second career start against the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT.
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