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Cubs explode for six runs in sixth, clinch series win

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Walker Buehler was one strike away from escaping the sixth inning unharmed. LA was hanging on to a 3-0 lead, as the Cubs had runners on first and second with Javier Baez at the plate.

After two fastballs to start the at-bat, Baez fell behind 0-2. Buehler threw an 83 mph slider right down the heart of the plate that Baez connected on, homering and tying the game at three.

Three batters later, Jason Heyward stepped up to the plate against Scott Alexander with two runners on, and had a three-run homer for himself, giving the Cubs a 6-3 lead.

The Dodgers would make a late-inning comeback thanks to an Alex Verdugo three-run homer, but they ultimately fell to Chicago, 7-6.

Buehler was one strike away from his night likely being over. He had trouble finishing hitters off, as he finished with only one strikeout on the night. Buehler had 96 pitches, with only 55 being strikes. It’s the least amount of strikeouts in a start for his career. He allowed four hits, walked two, and finished with three earned runs. His ERA on the season now sits at 5.25.

Cody Bellinger continued his hot start to the season, adding on to his historic month of April. He hit a two-run homer in the sixth that gave LA a 3-0 lead.

After allowing another run to the Cubs, LA fell behind 7-3. Verdugo would get the Dodgers right back in the game, hitting a homer to cut their deficit to only one run. Max Muncy would reach first with a walk in the ninth, but a game-ending double play from Justin Turner clinched the series for the Cubs.

Wednesday particulars

WP: Brad Brach: (2-0) 23 IP, 1 SO

LP: Scott Alexander (1-1) 13 IP, 3 ER

SV: Pedro Strop (3) 1 IP, 1 SO

Home runs: Cody Bellinger (12) Alex Verdugo (4) Javier Baez (8), Jason Heyward (5)

Up next

The Dodgers will look to pick up a win in the series, as they’ll send Ross Stripling (1-1, 3.07 ERA) to the mound tomorrow. First pitch is at 11:20 am PT on SportsNet LA.