7/9/22 LOS ANGELES, CA - Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh inning to help the Dodgers defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (6-2) gave up one earned run and struck out ten batters in 7 ⅔ innings of work. This was Kershaw's 191st career win.
"He's always intense and focused, but tonight there was a different type of edge to him, and a good edge," Dodgers manager Dave Robert's said. "He just came out attacking from the get-go. It was just overall great performance."
Chicago got on the board first when Yan Gomes hit a sacrifice fly to score Seiya Suzuki and give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
The Dodgers tied it 1-1 on a line-drive RBI single from Will Smith that went off the pitcher's glove in the bottom of the sixth inning. Trea Turner scored from second base.
Nico Hoerner grounded into a fielder's choice, and Patrick Wisdom scored to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Jack Lamb tied it 2-2 with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
"Anytime you've got a crowd like this, and you come up and tie the game like that, it's a little extra exciting," Lamb, who joined the Dodgers last month, said.
Los Angeles wasn't done in the bottom of the seventh inning after Freeman singled with bases loaded to score two runners. The Dodgers took a 4-2.
The Dodgers will look for the sweep in the series finale Sunday. Julio Urías (7-6) will start for Los Angeles, while Drew Smyly (2-5) will take the mound for the Cubs. #mlb #ladodgers #chicagocubs #claytonkershaw #losangelesdodgers #cubs #tgsportstv1