With a victory at Wrigley Field 58 years ago, the Dodgers recorded their most recent 11-game road winning streak.
Back in Chicago, Los Angeles is in position to again reach that mark Thursday night against the Cubs.
Though Los Angeles (57-49) lost 3-0 to the New York Yankees at home Wednesday, it's won 27 of 34 and owns a 2 1/2-game in the NL West. The Dodgers have won 15 of 17 during that stretch away from home, and averaged 7.0 runs while hitting .317 with 14 homers during a 10-game road winning streak that's highlighted their impressive turnaround
"Patience is one of the toughest traits you've got to have, because you play every day, and you evaluate every day, and every day seems like the end of world when you're going bad," general manager Ned Colletti told the Dodgers' official website. "We needed to get healthy, we needed to get our team here and see how they play."
The club was based in Brooklyn when it last won 11 straight road games from April 14-May 10, 1955. The Dodgers' final victory of that run came 3-0 Wrigley.
Though Los Angeles has won one of its last five series on Chicago's North Side, scheduled starter Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.72 ERA) is 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in eight starts against a Cubs franchise that selected him in the fourth round of the 2001 draft. He allowed three runs in seven innings of a 6-4 win over Chicago for Miami on April 28.
One of three veteran pitchers the Dodgers acquired this month, the right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts with the club. Nolasco gave up two hits but walked four in 5 2-3 innings of an 8-3, 10-inning win at Toronto last Wednesday.
He'll face a Cubs team that avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of Milwaukee with a 6-1 win Wednesday. Despite trading Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano , Chicago finished July 14-13 to record its first winning month since going 15-10 last July."The good thing is I feel like we were incredibly productive this month," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "Made a lot of deals, I feel like we got a lot better as an organization this month."
Anthony Rizzo , who hit a two-run homer Wednesday, is 7 for 17 in five games after going 0 for 12 in the previous three. He went 1 for 2 with a double against Nolasco in April.
Teammate David DeJesus went 7 for 16 with six RBIs in the series.
Starlin Castro , who also homered Wednesday, is 6 for 15 against Nolasco.
Chicago rookie Chris Rusin (1-0, 2.93) looks to build on the best of his 10 major league starts when he takes the mound in the opener. The left-hander allowed three hits in seven innings while not factoring in the decision of a 1-0 win at San Francisco on Saturday.
"Each outing I feel more comfortable," Rusin told the Cubs' official website after his third start this year. "I'm not as nervous as I was."
He won't need to worry about facing injured Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp , who could remain out until September with an ankle injury that's sidelined him since July 21.
Teammate Hanley Ramirez is batting .433 with seven homers and 19 RBIs while hitting safely in 20 of his last 21 road contests. Ramirez went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Wednesday after reaching base safely in 37 straight games.
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|July 30, 2013||Brian Wilson||15-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|July 23, 2013||Jose Dominguez||15-Day DL||Left quad strain|
|July 22, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|July 13, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hip|
|July 11, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hip|
|July 07, 2013||Stephen Fife||15-Day DL||Right shoulder bursitis|
|July 15, 2013||Brian Bogusevic||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|July 08, 2013||Welington Castillo||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|June 30, 2013||Ryan Sweeney||60-Day DL||Fractured left rib|
|June 15, 2013||David DeJesus||15-Day DL||Right shoulder sprain|
|June 15, 2013||David DeJesus||15-Day DL||Right shoulder sprain|
|June 12, 2013||Zach Putnam||60-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers ' offense helped out Ricky Nolasco .
Nolasco allowed three solo home runs, but the Dodgers' offense led the way in a 6-4 comeback victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
"I made three terrible pitches," Nolasco said. "When those balls leave your hand, you know they're not coming back."
The team arrived at its downtown hotel at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.
"The key is just coming in every day and grinding," Nolasco said. "The guy's had a tough flight yesterday, coming in early. But once it becomes game time, everybody knows the job we have to do."
Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo each homered twice for the Cubs, who lost for the fourth time in five games. The Cubs finished with five hits.
Yasiel Puig hit a long home run and scored two runs, and Hanley Ramirez and Jerry Hairston each drove in two runs to help pick up Nolasco.
It also gave the Dodgers a win a night after having a four-game winning streak snapped and improved their record to 11-2 since the All-Star break.
"But, you know, it was a good thing nobody's on. Three bad pitches and those pitches usually go out of any park. I was able to give us a chance to win and Jerry came through with that big hit. The offense is eventually going to come around and score. It's a good feeling."
The Dodgers have won 11 straight road games, with their last loss away from home coming on July 6 at San Francisco.
"It was a win; that's what I like," manager Don Mattingly said. "It was a little bit of a battle. At the end of the day, if you get a win on a day like this. ... I thought the boys pushed it pretty good."
Nolasco (7-9) lasted just five innings. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save.
Things didn't look good early for the Dodgers when the Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back solo homers from Lake and Rizzo.
The Dodgers tied it in the top of the third inning on a two-run double by Ramirez, scoring Puig and Adrian Gonzalez .
The Cubs reclaimed a 3-2 lead in the bottom half on another solo homer by Lake.
Cubs starter Chris Rusin (1-1) was sharp in the fourth and fifth innings, but appeared to get tired in the sixth. He was pulled after allowing a single and a walk to the first two batters.
"My stuff was there. I thought in the third inning I left a couple pitches up and they put it down in the corner and scored a couple runs," said Rusin, who allowed four runs in five-plus innings
"They're a good team. You can't make those mistakes because they'll capitalize on it."
Following a sacrifice bunt by eighth-place hitter Tim Federowicz , Hairston pinch hit for Nolasco and singled off reliever Michael Bowden to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.
One out later, Puig doubled to send runners to second and third and Gonzalez dropped a soft liner into center to make it 5-3. Cubs center fielder David DeJesus threw out Puig at the plate with a perfect one-hop throw.
Rizzo added another solo homer in the eighth, his second two-homer game of the season, to pull the Cubs within a run, but Puig answered with a long solo blast in the top of the ninth.
"That's what I like about the win, the fact that we come from behind," Mattingly said. "They go back up again and we're able to come back again. Jerry gets a big hit. Jerry's hit was huge and then Adrian and Yasiel get us add-ons. We needed every one of them."
NOTES: RHP Carlos Marmol returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers on July 2. "I feel great wearing the uniform," he said before the game. "I'm in first place right now. I'm so happy." ... The Cubs announced the signing of 16-year-old OF Eloy Jimenez from the Dominican Republic. Jimenez was considered one of the best international prospects available this season. ... Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3) faces LHP Travis Wood (7-7) in the second game of the series.