Another day, another record set by the Dodgers. The Dodgers outlasted the Cubs 6-2 on Friday for their second straight victory and tied an 89-year-old franchise record with their 12th consecutive road win.
The Dodgers matched their Brooklyn counterparts from 1924, who won 12 straight road games from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6.
The final 12 Dodgers batters were retired by Cubs pitchers, but by then the damage had already been done. A total of 16 Dodgers reached base and the Dodgers scored at least six runs for the ninth time in their 12-game road winning streak.
Starter Travis Wood for the Cubs couldn't make it out of the fourth inning. He allowed five runs and walked a season-high five, including four straight free passes in the third inning.
Hyun-jin Ryu tied his season high with 11 hits allowed, including three doubles. But the left-hander didn't walk a batter and was helped out by a pair of double plays. The last twin killing came against J.P. Howell, after Ryu left the game in the sixth inning, but two of the runners on base belonged to Ryu when David DeJesus, at the plate with the bases loaded as the tying run down 6-2, grounded a ball to second to end the inning.
It was a rough day all around for DeJesus, who was 1-for-4 at the plate and made a couple of misplays in center field. He misread the line drive off the bat of Mark Ellis in the third inning, initially breaking in then watching the ball sail over his head for a leadoff double. DeJesus also made an error on a single by Adrian Gonzalez in the fourth inning, allowing Ryu to score.
The Dodgers have won each of Ryu's last seven starts, scoring an average of 6.86 runs per game in those games.
Much maligned by Cubs fans, Carlos Marmol pitched the ninth against his former team. Up four runs, he allowed a double and a walk to his first two batters faced, but managed to escape the inning with no runs, thanks to a little help from an aggressive Julio Borbon trying to advance to third base on an errant pitch.
Every Dodgers starter reached base at least once, and all but Andre Ethier either scored or drove in a run.
The Dodgers go for a new franchise record for consecutive road wins on Saturday, with Chris Capuano on the mound Saturday afternoon on big Fox. Former Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija gets the start for the Cubs.
Home runs: none
WP - Hyun-jin Ryu (10-3): 5⅓ IP, 11 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts
LP - Travis Wood (7-8): 3⅓ IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts