Cubs 10, Dodgers 8

Andre Ethier’s hitting streak is alive. The Los Angeles Dodgers’

winning streak is over.

Ethier hit a tiebreaking two-run double with two outs in the

sixth inning but the Chicago Cubs scored five times in the eighth

inning to rally for a 10-8 victory Saturday.

Casey Blake, Matt Kemp and Rod Barajas homered for Los Angeles,

which had won three straight and five of six. Blake hit a two-run

shot in the Dodgers’ three-run fifth and went 2 for 3 with two

walks to run his career average against the Cubs to .333 (17 for


”If that wind is blowing out, you’re never really safe. They

found it out early, we found it out late,” Dodgers manager Don

Mattingly said. ”You’re just not safe here. One bloop hit,

somebody pops one and you’re back in the game.”

Ethier came up with runners on the corners and lined a 1-2 pitch

into the right-field corner, extending his major league-best

hitting streak to 20 games. Barajas added a run-scoring grounder in

the seventh to give the Dodgers an 8-5 lead, but it wasn’t enough

for a wild game at Wrigley Field.

Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Marlon Byrd combined for nine

hits, six RBIs and four runs as Chicago roughed up Ted Lilly in his

first game against his former team. Castro tied a career high with

four hits and Reed Johnson went 2 for 3 and scored twice.

”We never lost confidence that we could come back,” Castro

said through a translator. ”The way we play right now, everybody

was aggressive and everybody had confidence. We knew we could come


Ethier clapped his hands and pointed to the Los Angeles dugout

after continuing his career-best streak. The All-Star right fielder

went 1 for 4 and is batting .408 (31 for 76) in the longest run for

a Dodgers player since Nomar Garciaparra had a 22-game hitting

streak in 2006.

”He’s been good, there’s no doubt about it,” Mattingly said.

”He got a huge hit today. More than anything, Andre, like everyone

else, is focused every day, every at-bat. He hasn’t been giving any

away, he’s been battling through every one of them.”

The Dodgers scored seven unanswered runs before Chicago

responded in the eighth. The first three batters reached against

Matt Guerrier (1-1), who hadn’t allowed a run this season. Castro

then lined a two-run single into center field and Barney tied it

with a fielder’s choice bouncer to shortstop Jamey Carroll.

”I ended up making a good pitch to Byrd with two strikes, but

that was after most of the damage was done,” Guerrier said.

”Slider up to Castro … just wasn’t making the pitches.”

Guerrier bounced back to strike out Byrd but left after Aramis

Ramirez singled to put runners on first and third. Jeff Baker then

greeted Blake Hawksworth with a drive into the gap in right-center,

delighting the crowd of 41,161.

”What a ballgame,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. ”Those kids

are something.”

Jeff Samardzija (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings to get the

win. Carlos Marmol worked around a one-out walk to Jerry Sands to

earn his fifth save in seven opportunities.

Lilly and Ryan Dempster locked up in a matchup of close friends

but both pitchers struggled. Dempster allowed seven runs and nine

hits over 5 2-3 innings in his fifth consecutive shoddy start to

open the season, while Lilly yielded five runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3

innings in his first career game against the Cubs.

”It’s especially disappointing, given that our offense pulled

back from a deficit and took the lead,” said Lilly, who pitched

for Chicago from 2007 until he was traded to L.A. last July.

The victory continued a bizarre streak for the Cubs (10-10), who

became the first major league team to hit the .500 mark 10 times

through the first 20 games of the season.

NOTES: Dodgers INF Juan Uribe rested with a minor leg injury and

is day to day. … Quade said he’s leaning toward starting LHP

James Russell on Tuesday against Colorado. … Dodgers C Hector

Gimenez will have arthroscopic right knee surgery Tuesday in

Arizona. … Mattingly said he thinks LHP Hong-Chih Kuo (left lower

back strain) is going to make a couple rehab appearances with

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga next week. … The Cubs recalled RHP

Justin Berg from Triple-A Iowa and optioned RHP Jeff Stevens to

their top farm club. Stevens pitched 3 1-3 innings in Friday’s 12-2

loss to L.A., drawing praise from Quade for helping save the tired

bullpen for the rest of the series.