Rizzo homered and ended a postseason slump with three RBI, Russell’s two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth that stopped Chicago’s 21-inning scoreless streak, and the Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the NL Championship Series at 2-all.
Kenta Maeda is set to pitch for the Dodgers in Game 5 on Thursday against Jon Lester. Before the game, manager Dave Roberts said he will not start Clayton Kershaw on short rest after the Los Angeles ace threw a bullpen session Wednesday.
Chicago ensured the NLCS will return to Wrigley Field for Game 6 Saturday.
To break out of his prolonged slump, Rizzo used teammate Matt Szczur‘s bat.
Following consecutive shutout losses, the Cubs rapped out 13 hits on an 80-degree night with the warm Santa Ana winds fluttering the flags in center field.
Rizzo and Russell had three hits each. Chicago’s 3-4-5 hitters — a combined 2 for 32 in the first three games — busted out. Every Cubs starter got at least one hit except Kris Bryant, who walked twice.
Los Angeles was limited to six hits and made four errors in a game that dragged on for 3 hours, 58 minutes.
Lester allowed one run in six innings of Game 1 in the series, getting a no-decision in Chicago’s 8-4 victory. Maeda has a 9.00 ERA in two postseason appearances. He allowed three runs and four hits in four innings of the NLCS opener and didn’t factor in the decision.