Miguel Montero's pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the eighth is the key blow as Chicago takes a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is Sunday at 5 p.m. PDT with Clayton Kershaw starting for the Dodgers.

Dodgers waste two-out single, don't score in top of first


Jon Lester’s first pitch of the National League championship series to Dodgers leadoff hitter Howie Kendrick was a strike. Kendrick tried to bunt the second pitch for a base hit and missed. He then battled Lester to seven pitches before grounding out to third.

Justin Turner, up next, grounded out to shortstop on the first pitch he saw. Corey Seager swung at the first pitch he saw, too, and singled up the middle. Then came Yasiel Puig, who grounded out on the second pitch he saw to end the inning. Lester threw only 11 pitches.

Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts knew he wanted to start Kendrick tonight, but he didn’t know at what position between second base and left field, so he texted Kendrick this morning asking. The player said left field, so he is playing left field. Enrique Hernandez is starting at second base after being off the NLDS roster.

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