Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 3, Cubs 0

August, 3, 2013
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija was looking to build his résumé off his previous start (seven innings, zero runs allowed). The Dodgers were riding the wave of a team-record 12 straight road victories. L.A. third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. drove in the first run of the game with a seeing-eye base hit to right in the third inning. Samardzija worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out hot-hitting Yasiel Puig in the fourth inning. Puig had six hits in his previous seven at-bats on Friday and Saturday. Carl Crawford’s two-out, two-run single in the sixth gave Dodgers starter Chris Capuano some breathing room in a close contest. Puig left the game with a bruised wrist in the eighth inning.

What it means: The Dodgers have not lost a road game since July 6. Samardzija lost his 10th game. Nine strikeouts and five walks are indicative of a somewhat erratic performance for the Cubs starter. Chicago has hit a wall, losing six of its first seven games on this homestand. The Cubs had won six out of 10 on their road trip following the All-Star break. General manager Jed Hoyer said before Saturday's game that the team has been negotiating with Samardzija’s agent, Mark Rogers, on a long-term deal. The Northwest Indiana native has two years of salary arbitration left before free-agent eligibility.

Outside the box: Cubs RHP Scott Baker continued his rehab from Tommy John elbow surgery at Class A Daytona on Saturday night. Baker has not pitched in a major league game since April 2012. … Chicago designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment Saturday. … The team added veteran infielder Donnie Murphy to the 25-man roster.

Up next: RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.33 ERA) opposes RHP Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.43) in the final contest of this four-game series. The Dodgers are seeking a sweep.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167