- Associated Press - Saturday, August 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carlos Ruiz got a rude welcome to working with Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, whose cutter proved too much of a moving target to catch.

Ruiz couldn’t handle Jansen’s wild pitch that led to the Cubs tying the game in the ninth. He didn’t have much time to study Jansen after being acquired Thursday from the Phillies for popular catcher A.J. Ellis.

“I have no excuse,” Ruiz said. “His ball was moving real good and it surprised me. Definitely have to go watch some more video and see how everybody likes to work.”

Kris Bryant hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning to go with an earlier solo shot, lifting the Cubs to a 6-4 victory Friday night in the series opener between NL division leaders.

Ruiz went 1 for 3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat with his new team.



Chicago tied the game 4-all in the ninth after Jansen’s wild pitch allowed Jayson Heyward, who led off with a double, to score from third.

“He’s probably going to catch me more often so he’ll get comfortable,” Jansen said of Ruiz. “We will get used to each other.”

Bryant’s 35th homer capped a comeback from an earlier two-run deficit and extended the Cubs’ winning streak to four games. Chicago fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” as Bryant scored behind Dexter Fowler, who singled leading off.

Chicago improved to 19-4 in August while earning its major league-leading 82nd victory.

Travis Wood (4-0) got the victory with one inning of relief. Aroldis Chapman struck out two in the 10th to earn his 10th save.

Adam Liberatore (2-1) took the loss, allowing two runs and four hits in one inning.

Bryant’s first homer leading off the eighth pulled the Cubs to 4-3.

The Dodgers took a 4-2 lead on Adrian Gonzalez’s homer leading off the seventh.

The Dodgers led 3-1 in the fourth when a run scored when Howie Kendrick grounded into a double play. They got runs in the third on Justin Turner’s RBI groundout and another by Chase Utley in the second.

The Cubs closed to 3-2 in the fifth on Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single with two outs.

Utley made a diving stop on Ben Zobrist in the fifth, when he threw on his back to Gonzalez for an inning-ending out that stranded two runners.

Dodgers starter Bud Norris allowed two runs and three hits in five innings, struck out six and walked four.

Cubs starter Mike Montgomery gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, struck out five and walked four.

MAKING MOVES

The Dodgers recalled pitcher Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 24-year-old right-hander has appeared in three games (two starts) with the team this season, going 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA. He is a combined 9-3 with a 1.68 ERA in 20 minor league starts with three different teams, including Oklahoma City. To make room on the roster, C Shawn Zarraga was optioned to OKC and RHP Kenta Maeda to the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers, whose season ends Sunday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Friday. He’s been on the DL for nearly two months with a herniated disk in his back. Next he will face hitters. … LHP Brett Anderson, on the DL with a finger blister, threw a bullpen session and expects to face hitters next week.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Jason Hammel (13-6, 3.07 ERA) starts the middle game of the series. He is winless in eight games (five starts) at Dodger Stadium. In his last outing, he allowed a season-high-tying 10 runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings of an 11-4 loss at Colorado.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (4-2, 3.95) has won his last three decisions.

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