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In what became a regular occurrence during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ four-game series with the Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers’ offense once again handed their starting pitcher a lead before he stepped foot on the mound.
Yasiel Puig’s one-out single was followed by an Adrian Gonzalez RBI double and after Jacob Turner recorded the second out, he surrendered another RBI double to Hanley Ramirez. Pitching with a 2-0 lead, Jamey Wright started the “bullpen game” for the Dodgers and got out of the first inning unscathed.
A.J. Ellis singled in the second and wound up on third with two outs, but Dee Gordon was unable to drive him in. Wright walked one and allowed a two-out single to put two on for Chris Coghlan in the second inning. Coghlan continued to hit Dodgers pitching well and got the Cubs on the board with an RBI single to center.
Puig reached on an infield single in the third and moved into second base on a passed ball. With one out and Puig standing on third, Matt Kemp hit an opposite field, two-run home run to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.
Having thrown 46 pitches through two innings, Wright’s day was done as he gave way to Carlos Frias in the third. The rookie right-hander gave up a pair of doubles that scored a run and the Dodgers led 4-2 at the end of three innings.
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