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Dodgers take lead in series against Cubs

The LA Dodgers have beaten the Chicago Cubs to tie up their NL Championship Series.
Dodgers take series lead against Cubs
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-0 to take a 2-1 NL Championship Series lead in Major League Baseball.

Rich Hill outpitched reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to help the Dodgers to victory at home on Tuesday night (Wednesday AEDT).

After winning a big league high 103 games during the regular season and sparking belief they could win the World Series for the first time since 1908, the Cubs have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time this year, managing just six hits - five of them singles.

Hill, 14 months removed from independent league ball on Long Island, allowed two hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two.

Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton and Kenley Jansen finished, giving the Dodgers consecutive postseason shutouts for the first time.

Jose Urias starts game four for the Dodgers on Wednesday and at 20 years, 68 days will become the youngest starting pitcher in postseason history John Lackey starts for the Cubs.

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