Cubs fall to Dodgers in Game 1

Source:AFP Published: 2017/10/15 22:48:39

Astros lead Yankees 2-0 in American League

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a home run in the seventh inning during Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday in Los Angeles. Photo: AFP

Yasiel Puig homered and drove in another as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the World Series champion Chicago Cubs 5-2 to open their Major League Baseball playoff series.

The Dodgers, sent packing by the Cubs in last year's ­National League Championship Series (NLCS), took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS with game two set for Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The winners of the series will play either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees for the major league crown.

The Astros took a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series with a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Houston on Saturday.

Puig homered to lead off the bottom of the seventh, sending the Dodger Stadium crowd into a frenzy. Charlie Culberson followed with a double, and after Chris Taylor singled, raced home on a single from Justin Turner.

Culberson was ruled out at home plate, but that call was overturned on review, with ­major league officials saying Contreras violated the home plate collision rule by illegally blocking his path to the plate.

Incensed Cubs manager Joe Maddon burst from the dugout to argue and was promptly ejected. Maddon said Wilson had no choice but to move toward the baseline to catch the ball.

"His technique was absolutely 100 percent perfect," Maddon said. "I could not disagree more with the interpretation of that."

Taylor, who started the season in the minor leagues, had put the Dodgers up 3-2 in the sixth inning with a homer off Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon. Albert Almora's two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning had staked the Cubs to a 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers responded in the fifth. After Cubs starter Jose Quintana gave up back-to-back walks to Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes, Puig doubled to score one run and Culberson's fly scored Barnes.

Kershaw lasted five innings, giving up four hits with four strikeouts. He retired the last six batters he faced before the Dodgers went to their bullpen.


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