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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Cubs 4

By Jesse Rogers



CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

How it happened: Both Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo homered twice, but the Dodgers put up a three-run sixth to take the lead for good. As starter Chris Rusin began to tire, L.A. mounted an attack. Jerry Hairston's two-run single put L.A. in front for the first time. Adrian Gonzalez singled home another run in that inning before David DeJesus threw out Yasiel Puig at the plate. Lake and Rizzo hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning and then Lake did it again in the third. Rizzo's second home run came in the eighth. Puig homered in the ninth, his 11th of the season.

What it means: Lake may have some holes in his swing, but the combination of power and athleticism continues to be impressive -- at least the first time through the league. He also caught a ball as he jumped into the wall in foul territory in left. Rizzo has been streaky and seems to have found his swing again going to the opposite field on both of his home runs. He's 8-for-17 on the homestand with three home runs. Rusin is trying to work his way into the core group and threw well before tiring. His first two innings were impressive when he froze Puig for strike three in the first and then struck out Hanley Ramirez looking in the second.

Outside the box: As a reminder of his youth, according to the Cubs, Rizzo is the first player since Ron Santo to hit 15 home runs in consecutive seasons before turning 24. He hit Nos. 16 and 17 on Thursday. ... During the game, the Cubs confirmed they had signed 16-year old Dominican Republic outfielder Eloy Jimenez. He's considered a top international talent.

Up next: Travis Wood takes on Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 2 of the series on Friday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. CT