Nolasco, Dodgers blank Cubs

5:30 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Hanley Ramirez belted a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning and Ricky Nolasco spun a gem as the Los Angeles Dodgers took the rubber match of a three-game set from the Chicago Cubs, 4-0.

Nolaso (11-9) went eight innings, yielding just three hits and a walk while matching a season-high with 11 strikeouts. The former Marlin has given up just four runs over his last 33 1/3 innings.

Andre Ethier provided two hits and a homer in the victory, LA's ninth in its last 10 tries against Chicago. The Dodgers also own a major league-best 31-8 record since the all-star break.

Edwin Jackson (7-14) struck out five while surrending four runs -- two earned -- on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Ramirez and Ethier's solo shots in the first and fourth innings, respectively, put Los Angeles on top 2-0 heading into the fifth inning, when they tacked on a few more runs to assume control of the game.

Juan Uribe and Tim Federowicz popped consecutive singles to left before Nolasco grounded softly back to Jackson. Jackson opted to go to third with his throw, which shot past Cody Ransom and into left field for an error. Uribe scored on the errant throw before Skip Schumaker, pinch-hitting for Yasiel Puig, followed with an RBI-single to right. The Dodgers stranded runners at second and third, but the 4-0 edge was all Nolasco needed.

The right-hander retired the side in in the first, third, fourth and seventh innings and struck out every Cubs' starter other than first baseman Anthony Rizzo at least once. Kenley Jansen pitched around a two-out walk to finish the game.

Game Notes

The Dodgers have not revealed why Puig was pulled from the game in the top of the fifth inning, however they confirmed it was not related to an injury or illness ... Los Angeles improved to 15-1-4 in its last 20 series' ... The Dodgers improved to 21-6 this month, matching a club record for most wins in a calendar month, most recently accomplished in Aug. 2006 ... Cubs' manager Dale Sveum was ejected in the first inning by first base umpire Lance Barksdale for arguing a check swing ... Welington Castillo had two of Chicago's three hits.

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