Dodgers rally late to win 8th straight vs Cubs, 4-3

Jul 8, 2022, 10:42 AM | Updated: Jul 9, 2022, 2:43 am
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Keegan Thompson (71) throws during the first inning of a baseball gam...

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Keegan Thompson (71) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, July 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts hit a tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, just missing a grand slam, and Will Smith hit a winning single in the 10th to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Cubs 4-3 Friday night for their eighth straight win against Chicago.

Los Angeles trailed 3-1 after six, but Jake Lamb homered in the seventh and Betts drove in Zach McKinstry with his fly ball to the left-field wall against David Robertson.

Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Rowan Wick (1-4) in the 10th before Smith’s single to left drove in Trea Turner.

Evan Phillips (3-3) got three outs for the win as the NL-leading Dodgers improved to 8-1 on an 11-game homestand. They also improved to 5-0 against the Cubs this season.

Los Angeles also moved to an NL-best 28-13 at home this year.

Nico Hoerner homered for Chicago, and Ian Happ made it 3-0 with a two-run double in the sixth. Keegan Thompson yielded an unearned run and two hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Hoerner’s line drive in the fifth went off the top of the wall in leftl and into the seats for his fifth homer. The ball was just out of reach of Dodgers left fielder Gavin Lux.

Los Angeles got one back in the bottom of the sixth when Freeman doubled with two outs and scored when Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki dropped Smith’s fly ball.

Tyler Anderson pitched seven effective innings for the Dodgers. He was charged with three runs and five hits.


Betts and Turner were named National League starters for the July 19 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. It marked the first time the Dodgers will have multiple All-Star Game starters since 1980, which was the last time the game was contested at Dodger Stadium.

In that 1980 season, the Dodgers had four All-Stars: Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Reggie Smith.

“When you win consistently for eight, nine, 10 years, you get fans to show up and support the team and the players,” said Turner, who is in his first full season with the Dodgers. “I try to fit in, do my job as much as I can but it’s rewarding when the fans have your back.”

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras also was voted an NL starter.


Cubs: 2B Nick Madrigal (groin) had the day off Friday after starting his rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. … RHP Daniel Norris (finger) will pitch again Sunday in his rehab assignment at Iowa after throwing a scoreless inning Thursday. … 1B Frank Schwindel (back) went hitless in three at-bats to start his rehab assignment at Iowa on Friday.

Dodgers: RHP Brusdar Graterol (side) will not go on the injured list after coming out of Thursday’s game against the Cubs, with manager Dave Roberts saying his pitcher is “in a good spot.” … LHP Andrew Heaney had a bullpen session Friday as he continues his return from his second bout with shoulder inflammation.


Cubs: Right-hander Marcus Stroman (2-5, 5.32 ERA) will return from shoulder inflammation to make his first start in over a month.

Dodgers: Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.57) will make his final home start before the All-Star break.

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