CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Denorfia hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1-0, on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th on two singles and a walk. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then replaced Joel Peralta (1-1) with Kenley Jansen and brought the infield in.
Los Angeles got one out when Addison Russell bounced into a fielder’s choice, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez juggling the ball before making a strong throw to the plate. But Denorfia followed with a line drive to center that Joc Pederson brought in on the run, giving him no chance of making a play.
Jason Motte (5-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, finishing a three-hitter for Jason Hammel and three relievers.
Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke allowed three hits and walked two in six innings while extending his scoreless streak to 13 frames. The right-hander is 0-2 in his last nine starts despite a 1.79 ERA over that stretch.
The Cubs nearly got to Greinke in the first, putting runners on second and third with two outs. But Starlin Castro flied out to right to end the inning.
Hammel allowed two hits in 7 2/3 innings, and one of them was a gift triple for Yasiel Puig in the sixth that was lost in the night sky by outfielders Matt Szczur and Mike Baxter. Hammel then got Pederson to pop out to shortstop, ending the threat.
The Dodgers had runners on the corners in the eighth when manager Joe Maddon replaced Hammel with Hector Rondon. Puig followed with a fly ball to short left-center, and Chris Coghlan made a fine running catch for the final out.
Hammel struck out six and walked two, bouncing back from a sluggish start at Cleveland on Thursday. The right-hander is 2-0 in five June outings.
A man holding a baby made a great barehanded catch over the glove of Gonzalez in the second inning, prompting a replay review.
With two outs and none on, Gonzalez chased Hammel’s popup and reached over the rolled-up tarp while trying to make a play, but Keith Hartley, of Chicago, grabbed the ball with his right hand while carrying his 7-month-old son, Isaac, in his left arm.
“I was just feeding him and I saw the ball coming our way and held on to him and made sure I protected him and I stood up and it kind of just fell in my hand,” Hartley said.
Mattingly came out of the dugout and argued for fan interference. While the play was being reviewed, the crowd roared as the sequence was shown again on ballpark’s videoboards.
After a brief delay, the call was reversed and Hammel was ruled out, ending the inning.
Dodgers: Mattingly said Cuban INF Hector Olivera has a mild left hamstring strain and is going to Arizona for treatment. Olivera finalized a $62.5 million, six-year contract with Los Angeles in May and was playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City at the time of the injury.
Cubs: Dexter Fowler was out of the starting lineup after he sprained his left ankle in the series opener. … LHP Tsuyoshi Wada played catch after he was pulled from Monday night’s 4-2 win due to cramping in the back of his left arm. The team is still hoping he will be able to take his next turn in the rotation Saturday at St. Louis.
The Cubs send RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 4.28 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday for the third game of the four-game set, while the Dodgers counter with RHP Mike Bolsinger (4-2, 2.87 ERA). Hendricks pitched seven innings in an 8-2 win at Los Angeles on Aug. 1 in his only appearance against the Dodgers. Bolsinger won his only game against the Cubs, pitching into the seventh in a 5-2 victory at Chicago last April.
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