BOTTOM OF EIGHTH: DODGERS 6, CUBS 0
Facing another Cubs left-hander, Mike Montgomery, Adrian Gonzalez flew out to deep center field to begin the eighth. Yasiel Puig followed by swinging at the first pitching and fouling down the third-base side, then singled through the shortstop hole. Joc Pederson, up next, whacked a double down the left-field line to score a sprinting Puig easily.
Pederson next stole third base on Montgomery’s first pitch to Yasmani Grandal. After three more, Grandal grounded a ball to shortstop. If Javier Baez fielded it perfectly, Pederson might have been out at home. But Baez bobbled it and took the out at first base as the Dodgers stretched their lead to six runs.
Howie Kendrick struck out to end the inning. Kenley Jansen will handle the top of the ninth despite his team’s 6-0 lead. The Dodgers don’t have anyone warming in their bullpen.