The Los Angeles Dodgers used a six-run outburst in the third inning to defeat the Chicago Cubs 12-2 at Wrigley Field in the opening game of a six-game road trip. The Dodgers sent 11 men to the plate in the largest inning of their season, producing six runs on six hits and two walks, which more than enough to support Chad Billingsley on the mound. Billingsley pitched 6 1/3 innings for his second win of the season.
Juan Uribe had two hits, including a home run, and had four RBI for the second time in three games. The Dodgers had a well-balanced offensive attack, including Andre Ethier extending his hitting streak to 19 games, a major league high this season. The Dodgers on offense had 10 walks, more than they have had in any two games this season.
The Dodgers saw an amazing 230 pitches, which appears to be a Los Angeles franchise record for a game nine innings or less. Every Dodger starter either scored or drove in a run, and Jerry Sands was the only one without a hit. The Dodgers, who have won three straight games, will go for their fourth straight on Saturday, with Ted Lilly facing Ryan Dempster.
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