LOS ANGELES — Manager Dale Sveum didn’t waste words when asked about the Chicago Cubs’ plan of attack against Los Angeles Dodgers formidable left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
“You got to be aggressive,” Sveum said. “He’s going to be aggressive to you. You got to be aggressive to him. He doesn’t walk people. He doesn’t get behind. He wants to be aggressive, so you got to be aggressive.”
Leave it to Travis Wood, the Cubs’ best hitting pitcher, to lead the way as the Cubs held on for a 3-2 win at Dodger Stadium.
The Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Dodgers dating back to Aug. 3, 2012. They also snapped Kershaw’s three-game winning streak.
Wood, who entered the game with a .255 batting average, led off the third with a single and advanced to second with one out when Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was called for interference during an at-bat with Darwin Barney.
Dioner Navarro whacked a single into left center to score Wood and snap Kershaw’s scoreless streak at 18 innings.
The Cubs scratched seven hits off Kershaw (13-8) in 5 2/3 innings, including a single by Starlin Castro that increased the lead to 2-0. Castro had two hits off Kershaw to snap an 0-for-15 slump against him.
Wood (8-11) limited the Dodgers to five hits in seven innings. He held the Dodgers scoreless until Juan Uribe hit an opposite field RBI single with two out in the sixth to cut the Cubs’ lead to 2-1. Hanley Ramirez moved into scoring position on an errant pickoff throw by Wood to set up Uribe’s hit.
The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh and settled for one run when pinch hitter Brian Bogusevic grounded into a double play.
The Dodgers cut the deficit to 3-2 in the eighth on a single by Andre Either off reliever Pedro Strop, marking only the second time Strop has allowed a run in 23 appearances with the Cubs.
But Strop induced pinch hitter Skip Schumaker to ground into a double play.
Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save. With the tying run at first, Yasiel Puig popped to first and slammed his helmet.