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One day after needing a five-run seventh inning to get a win, the Los Angeles Dodgers were quickly on the offensive Friday.
Edwin Jackson made his first start for the Chicago Cubs since Aug. 20 and it wound up being a short outing. After Yasiel Puig drew a walk, Adrian Gonzalez singled to put runners on the corners. Matt Kemp put the Dodgers ahead with a three-run home run that was aided by the wind, rather than hampered by it as he was twice on Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez followed with a double and he scored on Juan Uribe’s RBI single to center. Uribe’s base hit knocked Jackson out of the game, who gave way to Eric Jokisch. The rookie left-hander gave up a two-run home run to A.J. Ellis and the Dodgers led 6-0 by the time the inning came to an end.
Uncharacteristically, Clayton Kershaw walked the leadoff batter in the bottom of the inning and it cost him as Anthony Rizzo’s double drove a run in. Jorge Soler then hit an RBI triple and the Cubs added a third run on a sacrifice fly to cut their deficit to 6-3 headed to the second inning.
Ellis hit his second two-run home run of the game in the third and the Dodgers held onto their 8-3 lead as Kershaw labored through the game. The Cubs put runners on second and third with one out in the fourth inning, but were unable to get a run across.
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