Dodgers rally past sloppy Cubs

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Cubs second baseman Logan Watkins reacts after making a throwing error during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

    Chicago Cubs second baseman Logan Watkins reacts after making a throwing error during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

 
 
Updated 9/18/2014 11:10 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers batted around in the top of the seventh inning and scored 5 runs to rally past the Cubs for a 8-4 victory Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

A fielding error by second baseman Logan Watkins on what looked to be a double-play ball off the bat of Juan Uribe helped open the way for the Dodgers' big inning.

 

Until then, Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada outdueled the Dodgers Zack Greinke. Wada worked 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 run while walking one and striking out five. Cubs manager Rick Renteria removed Wada after 5 with Wada's pitch count at 80.

Greinke labored through 5 innings, throwing 112 pitches. He gave up 9 hits and 4 runs.

The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Luis Valbuena and Jorge Soler. With runners on first and second and nobody out, No. 5 hitter Ryan Kalish attempted a sacrifice, but he bunted the ball too hard, and the Dodgers got a forceout at third base. With Greinke on the ropes, that seemed to take the air out of the inning, and the Cubs went out quietly after that.

After the Dodgers scored 1 in the fifth, the Cubs came back with 2 in the bottom half.

The Dodgers did their damage in the seventh against Neil Ramirez, who lasted two-thirds of an inning, giving up 5 hits and 5 runs. Only 1 run was earned on account of the Watkins error.

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