Dodgers Shutout Cubs And Break Franchise Record With 13 Straight Road Wins
CHICAGO (AP) Chris Capuano scattered six hits over 6 1-3 innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers set a team record with their 13th straight road win, 3-0 over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
The Dodgers, who haven’t lost on the road since July 6 in San Francisco, eclipsed the 1924 mark set by the Brooklyn Robins.
Carl Crawford broke open a 1-0 game by driving in two runs with a single in the sixth inning. Jerry Hairston Jr. singled in the first run in the third for NL West-leading Los Angeles, which is 13-2 since the All-Star break and has won 30 of its last 37 overall.
Capuano (4-6) came up with his second straight strong start and third in his last four. He struck out five and walked only one before four Dodgers relievers closed it out.
Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 16th save in 19 chances.
Jeff Samardzija (6-10) allowed three runs over six innings in Chicago’s third straight loss. He gave up seven hits, five walks and hit a batter, but was able to get out of jams with nine strikeouts.
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig had a pair of singles and scored a run. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, including seven multi-hit games during that span.
Puig made a diving catch on Starlin Castro’s line drive into the gap with one out in seventh and a Chicago runner on second to preserve the shutout. He left the game after the inning.
Brandon League relieved Capuano with one out in the seventh and runners on first and second but got out of the inning by getting Cody Ransom to ground into a double play.
The Dodgers are in the middle of a stretch of 26 games in 27 days, and manager Don Mattingly gave his infield an alternative look by taking four-time All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzales, hot-hitting second baseman Mark Ellis and third baseman Juan Uribe out of the starting lineup.
Gonzalez is hitting .301 and leads the Dodgers with 105 games played, 120 hits, 15 homers and 66 RBIs. Scott Van Slyke filled his spot at first base, but Gonzales pinch-hit in the ninth.
Ellis had extended his hitting streak to 13 games – he is 19 for 47 during that span – on Friday. Skip Schumaker took hit spot and Hairston played third until Uribe pinch-hit in the eighth and stayed in the game.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the third on Hairston’s RBI single that drove in Puig.
Samardzija escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth by striking out Crawford and Puig swinging. He wasn’t as lucky in the sixth after Shumaker walked to open the inning then advanced to third on Tim Federowicz’s double one out later. Samardzija struck out Capuano, but Crawford lined a sharp single to right to make it 3-0.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the eighth against relievers Ronald Belisario and Paco Rodriguez, but Rodriguez struck out Wellington Castillo swinging on a full count to end the threat.
NOTES: Mattingly said before the game that RHP Zack Greinke is still “lined up” to start Saturday, but hinted that he might make a last-minute tweak to the rotation and push Greinke’s start back to Monday. Los Angeles doesn’t have another off-day until Aug. 15 and Mattingly is trying to keep his starters fresh. … Dodgers OF Matt Kemp, who is on the DL with a sprained left ankle, is wearing a boot and threw in the outfield before Saturday’s game. “Hopefully that’s going to help him bounce forward,” Mattingly said. “I know the plan in St. Louis is to start the baseball stuff back up again, start hitting off a tee and getting in the cage.” . Cubs RHP Zach Putnam, who is on the DL with right elbow soreness, had bone chips removed from the joint on Friday. .. Saturday was the Cubs’ annual “Out at Wrigley” game, which the club claims is the largest “Gay Day” at a major league sporting event.