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Cubs slug 4 homers in loss to Dodgers

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 11:53 p.m. CDT
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The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo watches his second home run of the game, in the eighth inning, against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost, 6-4. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

CHICAGO – The Cubs' power display wasn't enough to slow down Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Puig hit a long home run and scored two runs to lead the Dodgers to a 6-4 win over the Cubs on Thursday.

The Cubs got a pair of solo home runs from both Anthony Rizzo and Junior Lake, but they still dropped their fourth game in five.

Rizzo and Lake had four of the Cubs' five hits against the Dodgers, who improved to 11-2 since the All-Star break.

"Obviously we had four solo home runs by two people," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It's nice to see Laker come back and obviously hit two home runs after having a tough little week. Rizzo, obviously, starting to swing the bat a little better and swinging the bat really well so far on this homestand."

The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back solo homers from Lake and Rizzo off Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco (7-9).

The Dodgers tied it in the top of the third inning on a two-run double by Hanley Ramirez, scoring Puig and Adrian Gonzalez.

The Cubs reclaimed a 3-2 lead in the bottom half on another solo homer by Lake, but Los Angeles scored three times in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.

Following a sacrifice bunt by eighth-place hitter Tim Federowicz, Jerry Hairston Jr. pinch hit for Nolasco and had a two-run single off reliever Michael Bowden to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.

One out later, Puig doubled to send runners to second and third and Gonzalez dropped a soft liner into center to make it 5-3.

Cubs center fielder David DeJesus threw out Puig at the plate with a perfect one-hop throw.

Rizzo connected for his second homer in the eighth, but Puig hit his 11th homer in the ninth to provide the final margin.

Kenley Jansen struck out the side to earn his 15th save after Nolasco pitched five innings and allowed three runs on a day the Dodgers didn't get into their hotel until 7:30 a.m.

"It was a win. That's what I like. It was a little bit of a battle," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "At the end of the day, if you get a win on a day like this. ... I thought the boys pushed it pretty good."

Cubs starter Chris Rusin (1-1) was sharp in the fourth and fifth innings, but appeared to get tired in the sixth. He was pulled after allowing a single and a walk to the first two batters.

"My stuff was there. I thought in the third inning I left a couple pitches up and they put it down in the corner and scored a couple runs," said Rusin, who allowed four runs in five-plus innings. "They're a good team. You can't make those mistakes because they'll capitalize on it."

Both Lake and Rizzo capitalized on their chances. For Lake, the two homers were his first since July 23, and Rizzo improved to 9 for 20 with three home runs over his past six games, but the Cubs had little other offense.

"We didn't really give ourselves the opportunity to score runs tonight, which is unusual for us," Rizzo said. "We usually give ourselves that opportunity every game, but tonight the solo home runs kept us in it. Other than that they shut us down."

Lake also learned that the walls at Wrigley are made of brick when he jumped into the wall behind the Cubs' bullpen in the top of the ninth to catch a Gonzalez foul ball.

"Now I know," Lake said.

NOTES: RHP Carlos Marmol returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers on July 2. "I feel great wearing the uniform," he said before the game. "I'm in first place right now. I'm so happy." When asked about the scouting report for facing Marmol, Sveum said "I think that goes unsaid." ... Cubs RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (Tommy John surgery) said through a translator that his rehab is "progressing well." Signed to a two-year contract last offseason, Fujikawa was 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA before undergoing the surgery June 11. ... The Cubs announced the signing of 16-year-old OF Eloy Jimenez from the Dominican Republic. Jimenez was considered one of the best international prospects available this season. ... The Dodgers have won 11 straight on the road for the first time since 1955. ... Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3) faces LHP Travis Wood (7-7) in the second game of the series.

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