Cubs fall to Dodgers in Travis Wood’s worst outing of year
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org August 2, 2013 7:12PM
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, right, argues with home plate umpire Alan Porter, left, and second base umpire Jerry Layne after Mattingly was ejected by Porter during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: August 2, 2013 11:44PM
Cubs All-Star pitcher Travis Wood endured his worst outing of the season Friday, failing to get out of the fourth inning in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won for the 12th time in the last 14 games.
Former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol started the ninth for the Dodgers and gave up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Julio Borbon. But Borbon was thrown out at third base attempting to advance on a pitch to David DeJesus that briefly eluded catcher A. J. Ellis. DeJesus walked, but Marmol then retired the side.
The Cubs outhit the Dodgers 13-9, but Wood (7-8) issued a season-high five walks. Four came in the third, when the Dodgers scored two runs, one on a bases-loaded walk.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t see most of the game. He was ejected in the fourth by plate umpire Alan Porter moments after Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis was tossed for arguing a called third strike.
Cubs rookie Junior Lake had his second four-hit game in his first 16. He became the first Cub since 1916 to have two four-hit games in his first 16 career games and the first in the majors in the last 10 years, since Bo Hart did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003.
Cole Gillespie went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and Darwin Barney was 2-for-4.
The victory went to Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-3), who allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. One came in the second, when Gillespie and Barney doubled, and one in the fourth, when Starlin Castro doubled and scored on Gillespie’s double.
The Dodgers have had the best turnaround in baseball since June 21, when they were 12 games below .500. They are 29-7 in their last 36 games.
The Cubs lost their fifth in the last six.