Paul Maholm pitched six strong innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. The Dodgers rallied for three runs off the Cubs bullpen but fell just short.
Bobby Abreu, in his first game as a Dodger, struck out looking to end a rally in the seventh inning and lined out hard to deep right field for the final out of the game, giving Rafael Dolis his second save of the season.
Matt Kemp tripled in a run in the eighth inning, and was driven in by a sacrifice fly by Andre Ethier to cut the Cubs' lead to one run. Ethier leads the major leagues with 28 runs batted in, and Kemp is second with 26.
Chad Billingsley allowed four runs in six innings for the loss, falling to 2-2 on the season.
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