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Cubs rout Dodgers in Game 4, 10-2

Julio Urias gave up four runs in less than four innings and the Cubs broke out of their scoreless slump in a big way to rout the Dodgers and even the best-of-seven NLCS, 2-2. Game 5 is Thursday at Dodger Stadium at 5 p.m.

Cubs starter John Lackey has plenty of experience and passion

Chicago Cubs pitcher John Lackey (second from left). (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Chicago Cubs pitcher John Lackey (second from left). (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon describes the ultra-competitive John Lackey as “a cowboy when he pitches,” and as the veteran right-hander and Texas native has said many times during his 14-year big league career, this ain’t his first rodeo.

When Lackey, who turns 38 on Sunday, takes the mound for the Cubs in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, it will be his 22nd postseason start.

Lackey has notched two World Series-clinching victories, in Game 7 as a rookie for the Angels in 2002 and Game 6 for the Boston Red Sox in 2013, and he has an 8-5 record and 3.22 earned-run average in 131 1/3 career postseason innings.

His mound opponent Wednesday will be Julio Urias, the Dodgers left-hander who turned 20 on Aug. 12 and will be the youngest pitcher in major league history to start a postseason game.

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