Reporting from Chicago --The Dodgers were handed their most lopsided loss of the season today at Wrigley Field, falling 7-0 to the Chicago Cubs, as starting pitcher Eric Stults and reliever Jeff Weaver helped the home team's slumping lineup emerge from hibernation.
Stults, who was battling a sprained left thumb, was pounded for four runs in three innings. The left-hander gave up six hits and two walks and hit a batter.
With Hiroki Kuroda set to be activated on Monday, the start could be Stults' last for some time. Kuroda will replace either him or Eric Milton, who pitches Sunday, in the Dodgers' rotation.
The Dodgers' previous worst loss was a 10-4 defeat at Colorado on April 26.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead today in the second inning, when Mike Fontenot doubled in Reed Johnson.
A bunt single in the next inning by Johnson in the third scored Ryan Theriot and doubled the Cubs' lead.
Stults' day ended when he served up a run-scoring triple to Fontenot in the fourth. Fontenot later scored on a single to left by Theriot.
Long reliever Jeff Weaver had a long day, as he walked five in only 2 1/3 innings and was charged with three runs.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, who entered the contest with a 4.99 earned-run average, had his best start of the season, blanking the Dodgers for seven innings and limiting them to three hits.
Dempster struck out five batters, including four in a row at one point.
CUBS 7, DODGERS 0
Cubs Hand Dodgers Worst Loss of the Season
Starting pitcher Eric Stults gives up four runs in three innings and reliever Jeff Weaver fares just as poorly in 2 1/3 innings.
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