Dodgers 5, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hero: Alfonso Soriano took over the major league lead in home runs when he belted his 11th of the season leading off the seventh.

Goat: Cubs starting pitcher James Russell (1-4) was doing just enough to get by until it all went up in smoke during Los Angeles' three-run fifth inning. All the damage during the Dodgers' three-run fifth came with two outs.Rookie Jerry Sands doubled in a pair and Andre Ethier knocked in a run with an infield single, extending his hitting streak to 28 games - halfway to Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hitting streak in 1941. Russell allowed five runs - four earned - on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked none.

Key Play: Ivan DeJesus Jr..smacked a two-out, 2-and-2 pitch from Russell into right field to score Juan Uribe from second, snapping a 1-1 tie.

Comments: The Cubs (12-16) have lost seven of eight games started by their No.4-5 starters. ... Remember when a dismissive Al Yellon exclaimed "enough already" in regards to Jeff Samardzija following last season? Samardzija (2 IP,0 ER,0 H, 0 BB, 2 SO) had his eighth consecutive scoreless appearance Monday and extended his scoreless innings streak to 13 - lowering his ERA from 7.50 to 2.45 during the stretch.

Next: Will a flip of the calendar do former Cubs ace Ryan Dempster (1-3, 9.38 ERA) good? The veteran right-hander, coming off the worst start of his career, will oppose Los Angeles righty Chad Billingsley (2-1, 4.46) on Tuesday (WGN, 9:10 p.m.).

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