Cubs lose Game 3, on verge of being swept in NLCS

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 17: Members of the Chicago Cubs look on from the dugout in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game three of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 17, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

CHICAGO  —The Los Angeles Dodgers stayed perfect in this postseason by earning a relatively easy win at Wrigley Field.

Chris Taylor went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and an RBI triple as the Dodgers whipped the Cubs, 6-1. Taylor’s blast snapped a 1-1 tie in the top of the third, one inning after Andre Ethier (EE’-thee-ur) went deep to tie it.

Winning pitcher Yu Darvish blanked the Cubs following Kyle Schwarber’s first-inning homer. Darvish was reached for just five other hits while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers’ bullpen followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings to help the team take a three-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series. Kenley Jansen entered with runners on second and third with nobody out in the ninth before getting the save.

Losing pitcher Kyle Hendricks gave up both Dodger homers and was reached for three earned runs and six hits over five-plus innings.

The Dodgers will try to close out the National League pennant Wednesday in Chicago. Alex Wood is scheduled to start for Los Angeles against Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH’-tuh).

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