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>>Dodgers Power Past Cubs

 

Cody Bellinger hit a pair of home runs, Max Muncy and David Freese each added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

 

The leading vote-getter in All-Star balloting, Bellinger is batting .358 with 22 homers and 57 RBIs.

The slugger ended his skid at the plate in a loss at the Angels earlier this week. Now he's back home, where Bellinger has 14 homers and has hit safely in 28 of 32 games.

 

The NL West-leading Dodgers rallied from a 3-0 deficit after Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant hit leadoff homers against Clayton Kershaw in the early innings.

 

The Cubs arrived in Los Angeles having just ended a five-game road skid, but they've lost eight of 10 away from home. The loss dropped them a game behind the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who were idle.

 

Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, gave up three homers. Kershaw, a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed two.

 

Kershaw (6-1) yielded three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

Julio Urias earned his third save with three scoreless innings of relief.

 

Lester (5-5) gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 3.00 ERA) has been strong over his last three starts. He has a 2.05 ERA with 20 strikeouts and two walks in that span.

 

Rich Hill (3-1, 2.40) has averaged 10.80 strikeouts per nine innings and held Cubs batters to a .167 average in two career games. He has no record or ERA in those games.

 

>>White Sox Hold Off Yankees

 

Leury Garcia hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Adam Ottavino in the seventh inning, lifting Chicago to a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

Garcia looked at two called strikes from Ottavino before battling back and sending the 11th pitch he saw over the wall in right-center for his fourth homer.

 

Tim Anderson also connected during Chicago's fourth win in five games, and four relievers combined for 3 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. Batting in the top two slots in the lineup, Garcia and Anderson combined for four hits and five RBIs.

 

Evan Marshall (2-0) got three outs for the win, and Aaron Bummer worked the ninth for his first career save after regular closer Alex Colome threw a season-high 39 pitches in Tuesday's 7-5 victory over Washington. Marshall hasn't allowed an earned run in 16 appearances this year.

 

Brett Gardner homered for the Yankees, who have dropped seven of 10. Clint Frazier finished with three hits.

 

Yoan Moncada was held out for the second straight game after leaving Monday's loss to Washington because of upper back tightness. He said he might be able to return this weekend.

 

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (9-1, 2.28 ERA) goes for his eighth straight win when he faces Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.96 ERA) on Friday night. Giolito is 8-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 10 starts since his only loss of the season April 6 against Seattle. Sabathia has dropped his last two starts, but is 19-7 with a 3.67 ERA versus Chicago for his career.

 

>>Mets, Cardinals Suspended in Ninth Inning

 

The series opener between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets was suspended because of showers Thursday night, moments after Harrison Bader hit an RBI double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning that made it 4-all.

Play will resume Friday at 6:10 p.m. beginning in the bottom of the ninth, with Carlos Martinez set to pitch for the Cardinals. That will be followed by the regularly scheduled game between the teams.

 

St. Louis scored twice in the ninth off All-Star closer Edwin Diaz to tie it, capping a strange sequence that saw umpires reverse their call and order the tarp off the field right after it had been rolled out.

 

Kolten Wong hit an RBI single off the left field wall with two outs against Diaz, then scored when Bader doubled into the corner. Wong managed to keep his footing on the soaked dirt as he rounded third, helped when shortstop Amed Rosario had trouble handling the wet ball on a weak relay.

Bader was thrown out after he slipped and fell between second and third.

 

The field was covered after that, and the suspension was announced 50 minutes later.

 

DeGrom pitched seven efficient innings. 

 

Bader doubled in the St. Louis third, stole third and scored with two outs when Matt Carpenter hit an easy grounder to an empty spot on the left side of the infield.

 

Michael Conforto connected for a two-run homer off Jack Flaherty, the Mets' team-record 17th straight home game with a long ball. Paul DeJong went deep for St. Louis.

 

In the regularly scheduled game, RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-0, 1.80 ERA) starts in place of injured Adam Wainwright (hamstring).

 

Steven Matz (5-4, 3.88) is 0-3 with an 8.49 ERA in three career starts vs. St. Louis.

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