How it happened: Hanley Ramirez hit a first-inning home run off of Edwin Jackson and it held up as Ricky Nolasco shut the Cubs down all afternoon. Andre Ethier added a solo blast in the fourth and then the Dodgers scored twice in the fifth, thanks to a throwing error by Jackson and a single by Skip Schumaker. Nolasco went eight innings, giving up just three hits and one walk and striking out 11. Jackson lasted into the seventh inning while throwing 124 pitches. He gave up six hits and two walks.
What it means: The Cubs won one game against the Dodgers this season and it was over ace Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday. Otherwise they were brutal on offense, shut out three times in seven games. They scored five times in this three-game series, enough for one win but no more. Nolasco struck out every hitter in the Cubs starting lineup save for Anthony Rizzo, who struck out in the ninth against reliever Kenley Jansen. The Cubs struck out 13 times in the game.
What’s next: The Cubs return home after a day off on Thursday for a weekend series with Philadelphia and new manager Ryne Sandberg. Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03 ERA) will take on Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81) in the opener.