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Dodgers edge Cubs 3-2 with late-game heroics

Sun Jun 16 10:26pm ET
AP Sports Writer

Players: Russell Martin, Cole Hamels, Kenley Jansen, David Freese, Kenta Maeda, Jason Heyward, Steve Cishek, Anthony Rizzo, Max Muncy, Willson Contreras, Kris Bryant, Ross Stripling, Chris Taylor, Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to a Chicago Cubs batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Chicago Cubs' David Bote has an RBI sacrifice fly to right field to score Kris Bryant during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Los Angeles Dodgers' David Freese, center, is congratulated by Justin Turner, left, and coach Bob Geren, right, after scoring on a bases-loaded walk during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Russell Martin singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, Alex Verdugo made a game-saving catch for the game's final out and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Sunday night.

Cody Bellinger hit his 23rd homer in front of his parents on Father's Day.

Martin struck out in his first three at-bats before singling to left off Steve Cishek (1-4). Chris Taylor came around from second base after he walked to open the inning. He slid headfirst and his helmet went flying as the throw from Kris Bryant sailed past catcher Willson Contreras.

The series featured 13 home runs and 18 of 24 runs scored on homers, with the NL West-leading Dodgers taking three of four.

Kenley Jansen earned his 21st save the hard way.

He pitched into trouble for the second straight game after Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer off Jansen on Saturday gave the Cubs a 2-1 victory.

Jansen gave up a leadoff single to Albert Almora Jr. and walked Jason Heyward to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. Pinch-hitter Kyle Schwarber grounded out, moving Almora to third and Heyward to second.

Pinch-hitter Victor Caratini bounced a short grounder to the right side, and Jansen fielded and fired home to get Almora at the plate for the second out.

With Heyward at third, Javier Baez flied out to center and Verdugo made a running catch to preserve the win, diving onto his stomach shortly after the ball fell into his glove.

Ross Stripling (3-2) got the victory with one inning of relief.

The Cubs led 2-1 in the sixth on Contreras' RBI single and David Bote's sacrifice fly.

Chicago fell to 3-10 in its last 13 road games.

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up two unearned runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked none.

Chicago starter Jose Quintana gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked three.

Quintana gave up a two-out single to David Freese in the first. He then walked Bellinger, Chris Taylor and Max Muncy in succession, forcing in Freese and giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.


Cubs: They're off Monday, their first such break since May 30. LHP Cole Hamels (6-2, 2.98 ERA) starts Tuesday against the White Sox.

Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (7-3, 3.89) starts Monday in the opener of a four-game set against the Giants.

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