LOS ANGELES -- Julio Urias turned in another standout performance for a rotation that needs the lift. The lefty tossed six innings of one-run ball and the Dodgers got just enough offense to hang on and beat the Cubs 3-2 in front of 49,522 at Dodger Stadium.
The 20-year-old allowed the first three hitters of the game to reach base on a walk and back-to-back singles, giving the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. But that would be all the damage he would allow, shutting the Cubs down the rest of the way. Urias scattered six hits and two walks over his six innings while striking out eight.
The big inning for the Dodgers came when they knocked starter Jason Hammel from the game with just one out in the third. After an Andrew Toles double and butcher boy single for Urias, Chase Utley would single to drive the run in. Justin Turner would cash in another run two batters later on a base hit up the middle to chase Hammel to an early shower.
The Cubs would score a run in the seventh off Pedro Baez thanks to his own mental errors. Willson Contreras dropped a good bunt that Baez fielded and threw down the right field line, allowing Contreras to reach second. After Baez balked Contreras to third, Jason Heyward singled in the run to cut the Dodgers lead to one.
The bullpen would recover and get the ball to Kenley Jansen who recovered nicely from Friday night by shutting the door.
Seager makes history
Corey Seager took the second pitch he saw on the afternoon and deposited it in the bleachers in center to quickly tie the game at one apiece. The homer was the 23rd of the season for the 22-year-old, breaking the record for a Dodger shortstop that was previously held by Glenn Wright (1930).
The Dodgers and Cubs get together Sunday for the rubber match. The Dodgers will start Brock Stewart (0-2, 11.25) against the veteran lefty, Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81).
Home runs: Corey Seager (23)
WP - Julio Urias (5-2): 6IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts
LP - Jason Hammel (13-7): 2.1 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 strikeout
S - Kenley Jansen (38): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts