Dodgers 5, Chicago 2

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - — Dy­lan Her­nan­dez

KEY MO­MENT: Justin Turner blasted a three- run home run in the third in­ning off Cubs starter Kyle Hen­dricks to in­crease the Dodgers’ ad­van­tage to 4- 0. The home run was the 10th of the sea­son for Turner, who joined the Dodgers last spring on a mi­nor league con­tract. Now the Dodgers’ No. 3 hitter and pri­mary third base­man, Turner is bat­ting .323 with 35 runs bat­ted in. Asked where the Dodgers would be with­out Turner, Man­ager Don Mat­tingly replied, “I don’t want to think about it.”

AT THE PLATE: Turner’s home run was pre­ceded by a solo shot from Adrian Gon­za­lez an in­ning ear­lier. The homer was Gon­za­lez’s 13th. Joc Ped­er­son drove in an in­sur­ance run in the eighth in­ning when his sin­gle to right field scored Scott Van Slyke from sec­ond. Hen­dricks, the Cubs’ starter, lasted only five in­nings and was charged with four runs and four hits.

ON THE MOUND: Mike Bolsinger lasted only 4 2⁄3 in­nings, as Mat­tingly re­moved him from the game af­ter he gave up two runs in the fifth. Five Dodgers re­liev­ers held the Cubs score­less over the re­main­der of the game, in­clud­ing closer Ken­ley Jansen, who recorded his 10th save. The game ended when Chris Denor­fia sin­gled to left field and was thrown out by Van Slyke try­ing to stretch the hit into a dou­ble. The play was re­viewed, but the call on the field was up­held. J. P. How­ell ( 3- 1) was cred­ited with the vic­tory.

EX­TRA BASES: Yasiel Puig was a late scratch from the Dodgers’ lineup. A cal­lus on Puig’s left hand tore open in the se­ries opener Mon­day, and Puig had been play­ing with his hand heav­ily ban­daged. In the lineup that was orig­i­nally posted in the club­house, Puig was bat­ting fifth and start­ing in right field. Puig bat­ted lead­off in each of the team’s last five games. Mat­tingly said he wanted Puig to be in a po­si­tion to po­ten­tially drive in runs for the run- starved team, which has scored two or fewer runs in 21 of its last 37 games. Alex Guer­rero re­placed Puig as the Dodgers’ No. 5 hitter and started in left field. An­dre Ethier, who was orig­i­nally slated to start in left field, re­placed Puig in right. Mat­tingly said he was un­cer­tain if Puig would play in the se­ries fi­nale Thurs­day. … Side­lined re­liever Bran­don League pitched two score­less in­nings for triple- A Ok­la­homa City as part of a mi­nor league re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sign­ment.

UP NEXT: Car­los Frias ( 4- 5, 4.68 ERA) will face the Cubs and Jon Lester ( 4- 5, 3.80) at Wrigley Field on Thurs­day at 11: 15 a. m. PDT. TV: Sport­sNet LA. Ra­dio: 570, 1020.

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