Andre Ethier extends mark to 28

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 28 games, the longest in the major leagues in six years, with an infield single off the glove of Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro against left-hander James Russell in the bottom of the fifth inning on Monday night.

Ethier's hit scored Jerry Sands from third base, giving the Dodgers a 5-1 lead. They went on to win 5-2.

Ethier's hitting streak is the longest since Washington's Ryan Zimmerman hit in 30 straight in 2009. Ethier now stands just three short of the Dodgers franchise record of 31 consecutive games set by Willie Davis in 1969.

Ethier is now exactly halfway to Joe DiMaggio's all-time record 56-game hitting streak, and he is the 39th player to hit in at least 28 consecutive games since DiMaggio's streak in 1941, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Ethier remains 16 games shy of the National League record of 44 consecutive games set by Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds in 1978.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.