Rizzo, Russell's home runs lead Cubs to 4-0 win over Dodgers

Rizzo, Russell's home runs lead Cubs to 4-0 win over Dodgers

In future outings, Brett Anderson said he wants more consistency and to pitch deeper than he did on Thursday. The five RBIs tied a career high.

Anderson beat his former team with five solid innings, and Almora made two outstanding catches against the ivy as the Chicago Cubs blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0. The lefty lowered his ERA to 0.84 through two starts with his new club.

The rings also feature a tribute to the "curse" that led to their century-long streak of not winning the World Series - on the inner band, there's an image of a goat. "Ball stays on the ground, you get a better chance at double plays". "It was a huge grind for me normally being a groundball pitcher".

Almora sprinted to the brick wall in center field and leaped just below the basket to catch a Seager drive to end the first inning. The replay took 3 minutes, 55 seconds before it was reversed and Hernandez was awarded second base. Who will be the most key contributor for Chicago this season?

Anthony Rizzo hit a home run into the wind in right for a 1-0 lead in the first. Russell's homer to left in the fourth landed on Waveland Avenue.

"The thing that I talk to our guys (about), and I think I've said it before, it's the only game where the defense has the baseball, so we need to dictate the action", manager Joe Maddon said.

Lackey, presumably in jest, after a reporter referred to his "didn't come here for a haircut" comment last August: "I got a haircut during the offseason".

"Walking out there to raise the flag. wow, I got chills", he said after the 3-2 win. "Good for him. I should have waited another year (to get married) and said something".

The night obviously started off with a pretty cool banner ceremony where it looked like the players really didn't know what was going on but was still cool.

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ROYALS 3, ATHLETICS 1: At Kansas City, Mo., Jason Vargas carried a shutout into the eighth, and Kansas City finally generated some early offense to snap an eight-game skid against the A's.

Jordan Montgomery showed power and poise in his major league debut after allowing Rickie Weeks' two-run homer in the first inning, and the New York Yankees rallied past the sloppy Tampa Bay 8-4 to get back to.500.

Maddon has tinkered with the top and bottom of the lineup this season, leading off Schwarber - an unconventional choice - and sliding the pitcher between eighth and ninth. "Definitely something that'll go down in my book as something that I'll remember for a long, long time".

After a barn burner on Monday night, the Dodgers held the Cubs scoreless on Wednesday night, before Chicago returned the favor in the finale of the three-game series.

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner returned to the starting lineup after missing Wednesday's start with a quadriceps injury. "What day he is activated, we're not sure".

"Chase had a tough night at the plate", Roberts said. LHP Rich Hill (blister) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Thursday but his status for Sunday was still undetermined. He went back on the disabled list last July with elbow tendonitis and did not return. Maddon said Rondon will likely be ready Saturday.

Los Angeles will send right-hander Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 3.00 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the three-game set at Wrigley.

The Cubs put the finishing touches on a celebration that started when they beat Cleveland in Game 7 last November to win the World Series for the first time since 1908.

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