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Brandon McCarthy, Chase Utley deliver in Dodgers' 5-0 victory over the Cubs

Brandon McCarthy, Chase Utley deliver in Dodgers' 5-0 victory over the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs seemed to awaken from a season-long slumber before arriving in Los Angeles, slugging 26 homers in their previous 14 games — nine of them wins — and began to resemble the 103-win steamroller that ended a 108-year World Series drought last season.

Then they ran into a wood chipper of a Dodgers pitching staff that has ground their offense to a pulp.

Brandon McCarthy did not allow a runner to reach second base in six two-hit innings Saturday, striking out six and walking one, and Ross Stripling gave up one hit in three innings for his first career save in a 5-0 victory over the Cubs at Dodger Stadium.

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