LA Dodgers 1, Chi. Cubs 0
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO – (Wire Service Report) – The Chicago Cubs had no answers for Clayton Kershaw and his dominating performance on Sunday. The Los Angeles left-handed ace produced a sparkling seven-inning outing as the Dodgers claimed a 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field to even the National League Championship Series at one game apiece.
Kershaw (2-0) retired the first 14 batters he faced, gave up just two hits and struck out six. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen picked it up from there with no hits and four strikeouts in a two-inning relief outing.
“What (Kershaw has) given us in October is really something special,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He left it all out there, that’s what he does. And to go to Kenley (Jansen) for six outs, you couldn’t have scripted it any better.”
Joc Pederson congratulates Adrian Gonzalez after HR
An Adrian Gonzalez second-inning home run provided the Dodgers’ lone run. Jansen took over in the eighth and threw two perfect innings, including four strikeouts. He struck out pinch hitter Miguel Montero, who supplied Saturday’s heroics with an eighth-inning grand slam home run, and struck out two more in a perfect ninth against the top of the Cubs order for his third postseason save.
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (0-1) gave up just one run on three hits and took the loss in a 5 1/3-inning outing. The Dodgers chased Hendricks and threatened in the sixth with two runners on base. But they came up empty as reliever Carl Edwards Jr. got Joc Pederson to ground into an inning-ending double play. Hendricks struck out five, walked four and threw 91 pitches.