LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tsuyoshi Wada kept pace with mound opponent Hyun-Jin Ryu into the sixth inning and was lifted by manager Rick Renteria after 103 pitches in his fourth major league start.
Wada allowed two runs and six hits over 5 2-3 and struck out six. The bullpen did an admirable job after the left-hander departed – until the 12th inning, when Blake Parker gave up a three-run homer to Hanley Ramirez in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
“I think Wada did a nice job of keeping us in the ballgame,” Renteria said. “He worked through some traffic, but he minimized damage. We just kept grinding, and I thought we did a nice job of trying to get to Ryu. But we had some missed opportunities that we weren’t able to cash in on. That’s just the way it goes.”
Wada was coming off his first big league victory, a 4-1 decision against Colorado at Wrigley Field on Monday. He held the Dodgers to a pair of singles over the first three innings before Matt Kemp’s followed a leadoff walk to Ramirez with his 12th homer of the season and fourth in five games.
“Coming over from Japan, he had a lot of experience against good players over there, too. And even though this is the big leagues, he looked good,” Dodgers catcher Drew Butera said. “He had a sneaky fastball. I didn’t see any off-speed pitches from him, but from the side, it looked like it had good deception.”
Dee Gordon started the winning rally with a two-out single against Parker (1-1), then stole his major league-leading 51st base and came home when Ramirez drove a 1-0 pitch into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left field for his 12th homer after a full-count walk to Justin Turner.
“I was watching the way they were pitching to J.T., and it didn’t look like they wanted to pitch to him. They wanted me,” Ramirez said. “So I told myself to just slow my swing down because I had to come through. He made a mistake up and left something over plate, and I made a good swing.
Junior Lake pushed a bunt single past the right of the mound with one out in the Cubs’ seventh and came all the way around on a double to right-center by Arismendy Alcantara, tying the score 2-all. It was the third hit of the game for the switch-hitting rookie. Teammate Starlin Castro also had three hits, including an RBI single in the first.
Ryu allowed two runs and nine hits through seven innings and struck out six.
Jamey Wright (4-2) allowed two hits over two innings to get the victory and help the Dodgers increase their NL West lead over San Francisco to 3 1-2 games.
LET’S PLAY EVERY DAY
Shortstop Starlin Castro is the only Cubs player to start all 109 games this season, and has missed only one since the start of 2012. His only day off last year ended a string of 269 consecutive games played, the longest by a Cub since Sammy Sosa’s 388-game run from 1998 through 2000.
GO THE DISTANCE ALREADY
The Cubs are one of three teams that do not have a complete game from anyone on their pitching staff, along with Colorado and Kansas City. Their last one was Aug. 19, 2013, when Jeff Samardzija beat Washington 11-1 with a six-hitter at Wrigley Field. Samardzija was traded to Oakland on July 5.
Cubs: Right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa, who has yet to pitch for Chicago this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to throw an inning for Triple-A Iowa on Monday. The club has yet to decide whether he will be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday.
Dodgers: Lefty Paul Maholm’s first season with the Dodgers ended Saturday when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The 10-year veteran was injured during the seventh inning of Friday’s game while covering first base on a grounder behind the bag by Alcantata.
Cubs: Right-hander Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.79 ERA) is 0-4 with a 7.39 ERA in seven starts since beating Pittsburgh June 20 at Wrigley Field.
Dodgers: Right-hander Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.74 ERA) looks for his first victory at Dodger Stadium since May 13, when he beat Miami 7-1 for his first win of 2014. He is 3-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 10 starts since his no-hitter on May 25 at Philadelphia, and hasn’t pitched more than five innings in any of his last four outings.