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Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Hendricks returned home to help the 
Chicago Cubs  to an  8-2 win  over the Los  Angeles Dodgers  on Friday in the 
opener of a three-game set. 

Hendricks (2-1), who was born in Newport Beach, California and attended nearby 
Capistrano  Valley High School, allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits 
over seven innings in front of family and friends at Chavez Ravine. 

"It  was  easier to focus  against a good team,"  said Hendricks. "As the game 
went  on, I felt stronger and stronger. I'm getting more comfortable every day 
because of the guys in the clubhouse." 

Luis Valbuena homered and knocked in a pair of runs for the Cubs, who have won 
four of their last five. Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. 

Los  Angeles starter Dan Haren (8-9) continued to struggle, surrendering seven 
runs  --  six earned --  on eight hits  and two walks  over 4 1/3 innings. The 
right-hander has lost a career-worst five straight starts. 

"There were a lot of things that were not very good," said Dodgers manager Don 
Mattingly  "We'll  give our  guys a  pass tonight. We  just couldn't stop them 

The  Dodgers had their six-game overall winning streak snapped and their five- 
game home winning streak halted in the setback. 

Dee  Gordon  opened the  home half  of the  first with  an infield single. The 
speedster  then  stole second and third  around a Yasiel Puig groundout before 
Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked to put the double play in order. 

Hanley  Ramirez followed  with a  grounder in  between the  hole at  third and 
shortstop,  where Castro  tossed an errant throw to second base and into right 
field.  Gordon easily  scored on  the  play and  Gonzalez raced  around in  an 
attempt  to push another run across, but a successful relay from right fielder 
Nate Schierholtz to Anthony Rizzo nabbed Gonzalez at the plate. 

The  ruling on the field was upheld after an umpire review, and Gonzalez would 
later leave the game in favor of Scott Van Slyke due to a right knee contusion 
he suffered on the play. 

Valbuena quickly got the run back in the second, however, with a leadoff blast 
to right. 

Ryan  Sweeney plated  Rizzo in the third  with an RBI single and Castro scored 
after  Matt Kemp  skipped his throw out  of play. Rizzo crossed home on a wild 
pitch by Haren in the following at-bat to put the Cubs up 4-1. 

Schierholtz  made a nice defensive play to begin the home half of the third to 
rob Haren of a base hit. Haren slapped a hit to right, where Schierholtz fired 
to  first to  get him.  The original  ruling was  that Haren  was safe  on the 
play,  but the  call was  overturned after  video review  showed Rizzo's  foot 
tipping the bag before Haren reached first. 

Chicago  continued to tag the Los Angeles right-hander with a three-run fifth. 
Welington  Castillo singled  home Rizzo  before Schierholtz  sent a  sacrifice 
fly  to  center that plated  Castro. Sweeney  and Castillo advanced on another 
wild  pitch  by Haren, then Hendricks,  who knocked his first major-league hit 
earlier in the game, picked up his first career RBI with an infield single. 

Valbuena  added an  RBI single in the sixth  and Puig scored on a force out in 
the  home half after  sliding in around the tag of Castillo to account for the 
final margin. 

                                   Game Notes 

Los  Angeles reliever  Paul Maholm was injured and removed from the game after 
injuring  his  right leg covering  first base on a  grounder ... Puig was also 
removed late in the game with a mild left hamstring strain ... Gordon recorded 
his  50th stolen  base in  the loss,  becoming the  first Dodger  to hit  that 
plateau  since  Juan Pierre  in 2007  ... Castro's  error was  his 12th of the 
season ... Hendricks threw a career-high 107 pitches ... Chicago went 6-for-14 
with runners in scoring position, while LA went 0-for-4 in those instances. 

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