Series: Game 4 of 4

LA Dodgers won 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, September 18
LA Dodgers8Final
Chi Cubs4
Game 2: Friday, September 19
LA Dodgers14Final
Chi Cubs5
Game 3: Saturday, September 20
LA Dodgers7Final
Chi Cubs8
Game 4: Sunday, September 21
LA Dodgers8Final
Chi Cubs5

Dodgers 8

(89-67, 49-32 away)

Cubs 5

(69-87, 39-39 home)

    2:20 PM ET, September 21, 2014

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

    123456789 R H E
    LAD 202011101 8 16 0
    CHC 011020010 5 8 1

    W: C. Perez (1-3)

    L: J. Turner (5-11)

    S: K. Jansen (43)

    Dodgers-Cubs Preview


    The Los Angeles Dodgers missed a prime opportunity to maintain their substantial advantage in the NL West when they blew a sizable lead to the Chicago Cubs.

    They'll try to bounce back before a pivotal series with veteran Jamey Wright making a spot start in Sunday's finale at Wrigley Field.

    Los Angeles (88-67) looked like it was taking full advantage of a four-game set with the lowly Cubs (69-86) when it took a five-run lead into the seventh inning Saturday. The Dodgers gave up four runs in the seventh and Brian Wilson surrendered a two-run homer to Chris Coghlan in the eighth in an 8-7 loss.

    Coghlan finished 4 for 4 with two homers, a double and three RBIs. Adrian Gonzalez appeared that he might be the hero for Los Angeles after homering twice and driving in five runs.

    Instead of chasing a second straight four-game sweep at Wrigley, the Dodgers will try to avoid a disappointing split before returning home for a three-game series against the team chasing them in the NL West, San Francisco.

    Los Angeles is saving Dan Haren for Monday's opener against the Giants, and the 39-year-old Wright will make his second start since the end of the 2007 season.

    Wright (5-4, 4.30 ERA) had one start in September 2013 with Tampa Bay and he's 7-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 15 career starts against the Cubs. The most recent was on May 11, 2006, in San Francisco.

    Wright's longest outing in 59 appearances this season is three innings -- back on May 31 -- and Los Angeles might need him to last a little longer with its fatigued bullpen. The Dodgers' starters haven't gone more than five innings in any of the last six games, totaling 23 1/3 while posting a 9.26 ERA.

    Their bullpen has put up a 6.18 ERA while needing to throw 27 2/3 innings in that span.

    "I wish I could throw 120 pitches like I used to. Clearly, that's not going to happen," Wright told MLB's official website. "I'll go as hard as I can as long as I can. How well I do will dictate how long I stay out there. (Manager Don Mattingly) knows I'll do whatever he wants me to do."

    The Cubs will send out Jacob Turner (5-10, 6.20) for his fifth start since being acquired from Miami on Aug. 8. The right-hander is 1/3 with a 7.97 ERA in the previous four and matched a career high by allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 7-3 loss in Pittsburgh last Sunday.

    Turner is 0-1 with an 8.16 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers and has given up 11 runs in 9 1/3 innings in two matchups this season, both in May. He did yield one run in 6 1/3 innings and matched a career high with seven strikeouts in his only start with the Cubs at Wrigley, a 4-2 win over Milwaukee on Sept. 1.

    Dee Gordon, riding a 13-game hit streak and a string of eight consecutive multihit performances, is 4 for 6 against Turner this season. Juan Uribe, hitting .387 in 17 games since returning from the disabled list, is 4 for 5 lifetime versus him.

    Coghlan is hitting .542 (13 for 24) with three homers, three doubles and five RBIs in six games against the Dodgers this season. He's singled in one of his two at-bats against Wright.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesChicago
    Current StreakW5W1
    Last 108-25-5

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesChicago
    J. Wright
    5-4, 4.35 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at LAD
    1.1 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    J. Turner
    6-11, 6.13 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at MIL
    5.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesChicago
    1. D. Gordon, 2B C. Coghlan, LF
    2. Y. Puig, CF J. Baez, SS
    3. A. Gonzalez, 1B A. Rizzo, 1B
    4. M. Kemp, RF L. Valbuena, 3B
    5. H. Ramirez, SS W. Castillo, C
    6. C. Crawford, LF A. Alcantara, CF
    7. J. Uribe, 3B C. Valaika, 2B
    8. A. Ellis, C M. Szczur, RF
    9. J. Wright, P J. Turner, P

    Research Notes

    Matt Kemp (LAD): HR (23); 15th HR since All-Star Break after only 8 HR in 1st half. 6 of his 8 HR on road have come since August 1.

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