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NLCS Game 4: Cubs Tie Series With 10-2 Thumping Of Dodgers


Addison Russell hits a two run home run in a four-run fourth inning for the Chicago Cubs. ROB LEITER/MLB PHOTOS

The Chicago Cubs knew that dropping another game to the Los Angeles Dodgers in their National League Championship Series, would put them down 3-1, but on Wednesday the bats came alive as the Cubs tied the series at 2-2, with a 10-2 pounding of the Dodgers in L.A.

Both teams were held scoreless for the first three innings until the Cubs broke through with four runs in the top of the fourth highlighted by an RBI single from Wilson Contreras and a two run bomb from Addison Russell over the right center field fence.

Then in the top of the fifth, the Cubs added to their lead when Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run of the series with a shot over the right field fence.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a single from Justin Turner scoring both Andrew Toles and Andre Ethier.

In the sixth the Cubs put the game away for good with five runs on RBI singles from Dexter Fowler and relief pitcher Mike Montgomery, and a sac fly to center field from Javier Baez scoring Kris Bryant with the fourth run, and a throwing error by Joc Pederson allowed Rizzo to score with the fifth run of the inning.

Chicago’s bullpen did the job as they shut down the Dodgers combining for five shutout innings, after John Lackey allowed two runs on three hits, with three walks and the strikeouts in four innings.

Now with the series tied and guaranteed to go back to Chicago, the Cubs look to grab an edge as they face-off against the Dodgers on Thursday night in LA with the first pitch scheduled for 8:00 PM ET.

The probable pitchers for the game will be Game 1 starters Jon Lester against Kenta Maeda, who both didn’t fair in the decision, even though Lester out-pitched his rookie counterpart.

Game Notes

Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell both recorded a three hit game to go along with their first home runs in the series.


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