CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped Chicago’s four-game win streak with a 5-2 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday night.
Gonzalez connected for a leadoff drive in the second and Turner belted a three-run shot in the third, helping Los Angeles bounce back after it scored just two runs in the first two games of the four-game series. Joc Pederson added an RBI single in the eighth for the NL West leaders, who had lost four of five overall.
J.P. Howell (3-1) replaced Mike Bolsinger with two out in the fifth and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.
Addison Russell had two hits and drove in a run for Chicago, which had won five of seven. The Cubs finished with nine hits, but left eight runners on base.
Russell’s RBI double got Chicago on the board in the fifth, and the rookie came around to score when Anthony Rizzo bounced into a double play. Bolsinger then walked Kris Bryant before Howell struck out Miguel Montero for the final out.
Bolsinger allowed six hits and walked two while throwing 87 pitches, 54 for strikes. He also doubled over the head of center fielder Matt Szczur in the third and scored on Turner’s two-out drive to left-center for his 10th homer.
Kyle Hendricks (2-4) lasted just five innings for Chicago. He hasn’t recorded an out in the sixth in any of his last four starts.
The Cubs had a chance to cut into the Dodgers’ lead in the seventh, but Montero flied out with two runners on to end the inning.
Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig was scratched because of an open callous on his left hand. Alex Guerrero replaced Puig in the fifth slot in the lineup, and Andre Ethier moved from left to right field. … RHP Brandon League (right shoulder impingement) pitched two innings in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City. “We’ll see how he comes out tomorrow,” manager Don Mattingly said.
Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler (sprained left ankle) was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day. He grounded out as a pinch hitter in the sixth. … LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (cramping in the back of his left arm) played catch again, and manager Joe Maddon said he is still experiencing some soreness. “We’re not prepared yet to say yes or no on the next start,” Maddon said. “We’re going to wait probably just a little while longer to evaluate all that.” … RHP Jacob Turner (shoulder inflammation) was shut down after his right elbow “flared up,” according to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.
Cubs LHP Jon Lester (4-5, 3.80 ERA) goes for his first win since May 16 in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. Lester, who signed a $155 million, six-year contract with Chicago over the winter, is 0-3 with a 3.93 ERA in his last six starts. The Dodgers counter with RHP Carlos Frias (4-5, 4.68 ERA), who is 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA in four June starts.
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