David De Jesus drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning last Sunday afternoon as Chicago edged the Dodgers 4-3 at Wrigley Field, and the Cubs took two of three from the National League West-leading Boys in Blue (18-10).
Juan Rivera had three hits including a two-run homer in the third inning, and pitcher Aaron Harang had a run-scoring fielders’ choice in the second.
Left-hander Chris Capuano helped the Dodgers post a 5-1 victory on Saturday, and extended his scoreless inning streak to 18 and two-third.
Capuano (4-0) worked seven innings, gave up three singles while striking out seven with two walks, and lowered his earned-run average to 2.21.
Capuano’s two-run stand-up double in the second inning made it 3-0, while Dee Gordon singled and doubled with a run, and also produced a run batted in.
Paul Maholm (3-2) surrendered one run (earned), three hits with four strikeouts and no walks over six innings as the Cubs came away with a 5-4 win on Friday.
The Dodgers made it close with a run in the seventh inning, and two in the eighth as Jerry Hairston Jr. (three hits) belted a two-run homer.
Right-hander Chad Billingsley (2-2) worked six frames and allowed four runs (earned), eight hits, along with four strikeouts and three walks.
Matt Kemp had an RBI triple, while Andre Ethier contributed an RBI double, and each scored a run.
Clayton Kershaw was roughed up on Wednesday at Coors Field as Colorado tallied five runs (earned) on seven hits in seven and one-third innings as the Rockies claimed an 8-5 win.
It was tied at 5-5 until pinch hitter Jason Giambi cracked a three-run blast in the ninth.
A four-run first inning by the Dodgers held up during Tuesday’s 7-6 slugfest against the Rockies.
Mark Ellis had four hits with a run, and Ethier homered, singled and drove in three runs.
The Dodgers led 5-0 after three, and 7-0 through five, which offset the Rockies’ late outburst.
Troy Tulowitzki’s two-run double in a three-run fourth was the key blow of Monday’s 6-2 blowout by the Rockies.
Carlos Gonzalez dropped two hits with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Rockies.
Kemp’s 12th homer to right field was a solo shot in the first inning, and Juan Uribe added an RBI.
Rick Assad has been a sportswriter for more than two decades. He has a political science degree from UCLA, a journalism degree from CSUN, is a staff writer for diamondboxing.com, and is a columnist for socalboxing.wordpress.com. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.