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CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers tied a nearly 90-year-old franchise record for a road winning streak as every starter reached base in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

The Dodgers' 12th consecutive road win equaled a mark set in the first game of a doubleheader on Sept. 6, 1924, as the then-Brooklyn Robins beat the Boston Braves 1-0.

But neither manager Don Mattingly nor second baseman Mark Ellis was around for the end of Friday's game after home plate umpire Alan Porter ejected both for arguing balls and strikes in the fourth inning.

Shortstop Nick Punto went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs as the Dodgers collected nine hits and walked eight times.

Cubs outfielder Junior Lake went 4-for-5, the first Major League player in at least a decade with a pair of four-hit games in his first 16 contests.

Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, meanwhile, never trailed as he improved to 10-3 after working 5 1/3 innings.

Ex-Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, making his first visit to Chicago since a July trade to the Dodgers, allowed two base runners in the ninth but did not give up a run.

Adrian Gonzalez gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first when he doubled off the ivy in left and scored on Jasiel Puig's RBI single.

The Cubs replied with two out in the second with Darwin Barney's two-base hit -- his 19th of the season -- to score Cole Gillespie.

Mark Ellis extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a leadoff double to center in the third and came home on Punto's two-base hit.

Punto reached third on Gonzalez's fly out, but Punto was caught stealing home after a walk to Puig. But the inning then turned worse for Cubs starter Travis Wood as he issued three straight walks, scoring Puig as the Dodgers went up 3-1.

Los Angeles collected two more runs in the fourth after Mattingly and Ellis were tossed.

Ryu led off the fourth with a single to right, advanced to second on Punto's infield base hit and scored on a Gonzalez's bloop hit to center that was mishandled by David DeJesus.

Wood departed with runners at second and third and one out in favor of Michael Bowden, who loaded the bases by hitting Puig in the back. Scott Van Slyke's sacrifice fly to right scored Punto for a 5-1 lead.

Chicago made it 5-2 in the fourth as Gillespie's double to right center scored Starlin Castro.

Juan Uribe, who had singled, came home on Punto's fifth-inning sacrifice as the Dodger lead grew to 6-2.

Wood (7-8) threw 96 pitched in 3 1/3 innings and gave up five earned runs on seven hits. He walked four and struck out a pair. Reliever Michael Bowden left after four and Chicago ended up using six pitchers.

Ryu was replaced by J.P Howell with one out in the sixth with two runners on. Luis Valbuena reached on an infield hit to load the bases for DeJesus, who grounded into a double play.

Ryu allowed two earned runs on 11 hits while striking out six.

The Dodgers tied a franchise record 11 straight road victories with Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Cubs, matching road streaks in 1947 and 1955 while the team was located in Brooklyn.

Los Angeles sends left-hander Chris Capuano (3-6, 4.54 ERA) against Chicago right-hander Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.75 ERA) on Saturday.

NOTES: Cubs president Theo Epstein said he was pleased with the Cubs performance in July along with city approval of Wrigley Field renovations. But there will be rough patches ahead. "Just like a player's development, the progress of an organization isn't always linear, (but) the trend line as a whole is going in the right direction," he told reporters before Friday's game. ... The Cubs named Single-A first 1B Dan Vogelbach and Double-A Tennessee RHP Matt Loosen as the organization's players of the month for July. Vogelbach batted .330 with four homers while Loosen was 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in six starts. ... Since July 1 the Dodgers have led the Majors with a .291 battering average, 275 hits and a .346 on-base percentage. ...On June 21 the Dodgers were a season-worst 12 games under .500, and since then they have had baseball's best record (28-7) over their last 35 games entering Friday. ... Friday was a day of rest of Hanley Ramirez, who had a two-run double in Thursday's series opener and is hitting .333 (19-for-57) with three homers and 12 RBIs since the All-Star break. Overall he leads the majors with a .370 batting average.
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