The Cubs took advantage of Clayton Kershaw’s departure by scoring nine runs in the sixth and seventh innings to surge to an 11-5 victory over the Dodgers and earn a split of their four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Albert Almora Jr. hit Walker Buehler’s second pitch of the sixth for a home run, and consecutive hits by Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo set up a sacrifice fly by Addison Russell to tie the score.
Rizzo hit a bases-clearing double off Erik Goeddel in the seventh, and Russell capped a seven-run rally with a two-run home run.
The Cubs’ seven runs were the most allowed by the Dodgers in an inning this season.
Rizzo has four hits, and Javier Baez added three.
Russell hit a two-out single off Kershaw in the fourth to score Baez with the Cubs’ first run.
Rizzo continued his success against Kershaw by hitting a single in his first at-bat and is 5-for-16 (.312) lifetime against him. But Rizzo tried to stretch his single into a double and was thrown out easily for the first out of the second inning.
Kershaw was making his second start since coming off the 10-day disabled list.
Cubs starter Jose Quintana walked Kershaw in the second, which set up a two-out RBI single by Kike Hernandez.
Max Muncy followed in the third with his 17th home run, but Quintana managed to keep the Cubs within striking distance in his 5 1/3 innings.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner hit a two-run home run off Luke Farrell in the ninth.
The Cubs open a nine-game homestand Friday against the Twins.