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Hendricks struggles as Cubs lose 5-2 to Dodgers

June 25, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks felt he was on the right track — up until his last two starts.

Hendricks surrendered two homers in five innings, and the Chicago Cubs lost 5-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

“My last two starts I’ve given my team zero chance to win, which is pathetic, really,” Hendricks said. “I have to do something different.”

Adrian Gonzalez connected for a leadoff drive in the second and Justin Turner belted a three-run shot in the third, helping Los Angeles bounce back after it scored just two runs in the first two games of the four-game series. Joc Pederson added an RBI single in the eighth for the NL West leaders, who had lost four of five overall.

Hendricks (2-4) allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one. He surrendered 11 hits and six earned runs in five-plus innings in his previous start at Minnesota, and hasn’t recorded an out in the sixth in any of his last four outings.

“He just wasn’t really sharp with his command at all,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It was just one of those nights for him.”

Addison Russell had two hits and drove in a run for Chicago, which had won four in a row. The Cubs finished with nine hits, but left eight runners on base.

The game ended when Chris Denorfia was cut down when he tried for second on a single to left field. Maddon challenged the close play, but the call stood after the replay review.

“If it was confirmed, I could almost live with that,” Maddon said. “To say it stands is not a really cool way to go in that particular moment with the game on the line. It was obvious from that one shot that he was absolutely safe. No questions asked. That might be the worst non-overturn I’ve seen to this point.”

Turner was let go by the Mets in December 2013, and then signed a minor league deal with Los Angeles. He set career highs with seven homers and a .340 batting average in 109 games last year, and the drive against the Cubs was his fourth in the last six games and No. 10 on the season.

“I just kept working on the mechanics of my swing over the offseason and progressing and trying to get into the best hitting position I could,” Turner said, “and for whatever reason, the ball seems to be flying I think for everyone this year, not just myself.”

J.P. Howell (3-1) replaced Mike Bolsinger with two out in the fifth and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.

Russell’s RBI double got Chicago on the board in the fifth, and the rookie came around to score when Anthony Rizzo bounced into a double play. Bolsinger then walked Kris Bryant before Howell struck out Miguel Montero for the final out.

“The win’s important,” Bolsinger said. “I don’t care if it’s next to my name or not.”

Bolsinger allowed six hits and walked two while throwing 87 pitches, 54 for strikes. The Chicago native also doubled over the head of center fielder Matt Szczur in the third and scored on Turner’s two-out drive to left-center for his 10th homer.


Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig was scratched because of an open callous on his left hand. Alex Guerrero replaced Puig in the fifth slot in the lineup, and Andre Ethier moved from left to right field. ... RHP Brandon League (right shoulder impingement) pitched two innings in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City. “We’ll see how he comes out tomorrow,” manager Don Mattingly said.

Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler (sprained left ankle) was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day. He grounded out as a pinch hitter in the sixth. ... LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (cramping in the back of his left arm) played catch again, and manager Joe Maddon said he is still experiencing some soreness. “We’re not prepared yet to say yes or no on the next start,” Maddon said. “We’re going to wait probably just a little while longer to evaluate all that.” ... RHP Jacob Turner (shoulder inflammation) was shut down after his right elbow “flared up,” according to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.


Cubs LHP Jon Lester (4-5, 3.80 ERA) goes for his first win since May 16 in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. Lester, who signed a $155 million, six-year contract with Chicago over the winter, is 0-3 with a 3.93 ERA in his last six starts. The Dodgers counter with RHP Carlos Frias (4-5, 4.68 ERA), who is 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA in four June starts.


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