Chicago Cubs Silenced in Series Finale, Dale Sveum Ejected


Aug 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) reacts after a solo home run in the first inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson gave up solo home runs to Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier, and an error for another run, as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Cubs, 4-0, Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected in the bottom of the first inning by first base umpire Lance Barksdale for arguing a checked-swing call during Yasiel Puig’s at-bat. It was Sveum’s sixth ejection this season.

Puig walked but forced at second when Carl Crawford grounded into a double play.

Hanley Ramirez followed with his 15th home run of the season off Jackson (7-14) and Andre Either added a solo shot in the fourth en route to a 4-0 victory.

The Cubs hit only three times off Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco (11-9), who extended his scoreless inning streak to 16. Wellington Castillo hit a double in second that advanced Junior Lake to third. Nolasco then struck out Cody Ransom to keep his scorless streak alive.

Jackson allowed six hits and two earned runs, struck five and walked two in six and two-third innings. Nolasco went eight innings and, gave up three hits and no runs, struck out 11 and walked one.

Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03 ERA) and Philadephia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81 ERA) are the projected starters for the return of Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, Phillies manager on Friday.