The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t won four games in a row since April.
The Dodgers got off to a tremendous start this season, winning 12 of their first 14 games, including eight straight. Though they are just 48-69 since, the Dodgers are only 4 1/2 games out of first in the lowly NL West.
Jeff Kent drove in four runs to lead the Dodgers to a 9-6 win in the series opener on Monday. Kent knocked in two with a second-inning single to key a six-run outburst against Jerome Williams that featured five hits, three walks and an error.
“We were taking advantage of the situation,” said Kent, who’s batting .292 with a team-high 88 RBIs.
Garciaparra homered in the fourth, his third of the season, and Walker connected on his 10th in the fifth. Burnitz hit his second of the game to lead off the sixth.
“We hit the ball great tonight,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said, adding that his pitching staff’s seven walks was the reason for the loss.
Chicago has dropped seven of its last nine to fall seven games below .500.
Prior is an impressive 9-5 with a 3.68 ERA this season despite suffering through several injuries. The hard-throwing right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA over his last three starts.
Prior, who has 35 strikeouts over his last four starts, has allowed more than three earned runs just once in his last eight outings. Prior is 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA in three career starts against Los Angeles.