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By Jack McCarthy, The Sports Xchange August 3, 2013 8:40 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers are now the franchise's ultimate road warriors after a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday rewrote the team record book.CHICAGO -- The 2013
The Dodgers claimed a team-record 13th consecutive road win as Jerry Hairston Jr. collected an RBI infield single in the third inning while Carl Crawford went 3-for-5 and drove home two runs in the sixth. Dodgers starter Chris Capuano (4-6) pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings for his second victory and third scoreless outing in his last four starts. Reliever Paco Rodriguez worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, striking out Welington Castillo to preserve the shutout. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 16th save. Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (6-10) took the loss, his first after going two straight starts without a decision. Los Angeles' streak, which began with a 4-1 victory at San Francisco on July 7, broke the franchise record for consecutive road victories shared with the 1924 Brooklyn Robins. That team won 12 in a row between Aug. 25 and Sept. 6, 1924, and finished 92-62, 1 1/2 games behind the National League champion New York Giants. The NL West leaders have won seven of their last eight games, while Chicago dropped its third in a row and sixth in seven games. The Dodgers claimed a 1-0 lead in the third when Yasiel Puig reached base on a one-out bunt single, advanced to third on Andre Ethier's single and scored on Hairston's two-out infield single. In the fourth, Samardzija walked one Dodger batter, hit another and committed a throwing error on a bunt that loaded the bases with one out. But the Cubs right-hander escaped without damage with back-to-back strikeouts of Crawford and Puig. Los Angeles scored twice in the sixth when Skip Schumaker walked and advanced to third on Tim Federowicz's double into the right field corner with one out. Both raced home on Crawford's two-out single to right to make it 3-0. Capuano departed after the Cubs put runners on first and third with one out in the seventh. Right-hander Brandon League entered and got Cody Ransom to ground into an inning-ending double play. Rodriguez, the Dodgers' fourth pitcher of the day, came in with runners at first and second and two out. He walked Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo to load the bases before striking out Castillo. The Dodgers loaded the bases on fourth Cubs right-hander Kevin Gregg with one out in the ninth. Pinch hitter Adrian Gonzalez grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice. Samardzija threw 112 pitches through six innings and gave up three earned runs on seven hits, walked five and struck out nine. Capuano gave up six hits, walked one and struck out five. The Dodgers go for the sweep on Sunday, when right-hander Zack Greinke (8-3, 2.42 ERA) pitches against Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.33 ERA). NOTES: The Cubs called up INF Donnie Murphy on Saturday after designating OF Julio Borbon for assignment on Friday. Murphy, who played mostly at shortstop, batted .265 with 18 doubles and 12 home runs in 89 games at Iowa. Borbon hit .200 in 73 Cubs games. ... When Murphy plays, he will become the 47th player the Cubs will have used in 2013, six shy of the franchise-record 53 set last year. ... Forty of the Cubs' 120 home runs have come off left-handed pitching, third most in the majors entering Saturday. Chicago hit only 29 home runs off southpaws in 2012. ... While the Dodgers tied a franchise record for consecutive road victories with 13, they remain short of the National League record of 17 set in 1916 by the New York Giants. ... Entering Saturday, the Dodgers pitchers led the National League with a 2.56 ERA and a .216 opponents' average since July 1. ... Yasiel Puig is the first player since Joe DiMaggio in 1936 to have 70-plus hits and 10 home runs in his first 50 games in the majors.