Score early and hang on. Not the greatest approach maybe, but over the course of a six-month season, you win games any and every way you can.
The victory enabled the Dodgers to split the four-game series with the Cubs.
Helping the L.A. cause was a shaky
The Dodgers did a poor job of finishing off a clearly laboring Lester, but at least they struck early.
In the first inning,
In the second, a walk and
Lester (4-6) retired the Dodgers in order in his last two innings, and they never could add a run against four Chicago relievers.
Frias, meanwhile, was going through an inconsistent outing himself. He was in trouble in each of his five innings, but was bailed out by two double plays and left-fielder Alex Guerrero throwing
Frias evened his record at 5-5, despite allowing seven hits and three walks in his five innings — but no runs.
Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell, Yimi Garcia and
For Jansen, whom the Dodgers were having trouble getting into games, it was his third appearance in as many games. He retired the side in order with one strikeout. In 14 2/3 innings this season, he has struck out 24 and not walked a batter.