Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 1-0 (as of 8/13)

Game 1: Friday, August 13
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Chi Cubs1
Game 2: Saturday, August 14
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Chi Cubs2
Game 3: Sunday, August 15
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Dodgers 8

(68-46, 32-25 away)

Cubs 1

(62-53, 32-24 home)

    3:20 PM ET, August 13, 2004

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: O. Perez (6-4)

    L: G. Maddux (11-8)

    L.A.'s Perez outduels 300-game winner

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Steve Finley is enjoying his worst-to-first job change while providing an extra offensive push for the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers.

    "We're winning. It's great," Finley said Friday after driving in three runs, and the Dodgers scored six times in the ninth to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-1.

    "We have the momentum. Everybody is pushing in one direction here. Everybody knows to just go out and get the job done, whatever it takes. You win a lot of games that way," he added.

    Finley, 13-for-26 in 10 games since being traded from last-place Arizona to the first-place Dodgers, hit an RBI single to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth.

    He added a two-run single in the ninth when the Dodgers took advantage of Chicago's wilting bullpen and the Cubs' wobbly defense.

    "We squeaked a hit through whenever we needed it and we broke it open there in the ninth," Finley said.

    The NL West leaders won for the 28th time in 37 games.

    Pinch-hitter Robin Ventura and Milton Bradley hit RBI singles off Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth, Shawn Green added another run-scoring single off Jon Leicester, and Chicago's Moises Alou and Michael Barrett made errors.

    Alou missed Alex Cora's fly for a two-base error and Barrett dropped Farnsworth's throw on a bases-loaded comebacker.

    "The ninth inning, that was a nightmare with a couple of errors," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said after his team's fifth loss in seven games.

    "You do that and a feeding frenzy starts. Every ball they hit after that started finding holes."

    Odalis Perez (6-4) gave up six hits and a run in 6 2-3 innings, and outpitched Greg Maddux.

    In his first start since winning his 300th game last Saturday in San Francisco, Maddux (11-8) gave up eight hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings. He was greeted with a standing ovation in his first at-bat and stepped back to wave to the crowd.

    "Odalis pitched a good game, mixed his pitches well and had us off balance," Maddux said. "I got outpitched."

    After Cesar Izturis doubled with one out in the sixth, Finley hit a hard grounder up the middle that went off diving second baseman Mark Grudzielanek's glove for an RBI single to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

    Maddux had retired 14 of 15 to that point after giving up a first-inning run.

    In the first, Izturis led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice by Finley. Izturis scored on Bradley's bouncer to first that became an infield single when Derrek Lee looked home and was left with no play.

    Singles in the bottom half by Ramon Martinez, Sammy Sosa and Alou evened the score.

    The Cubs put two on with one out in the fifth, but Sosa's bid for a homer came up short when his drive to left-center field was pushed back by a chilly 9 mph wind.

    "If there is not any wind blowing, that ball should go a long way," Perez said. "Sometimes you're going to be lucky and sometimes you're not. He hit it as hard as he can. I was lucky the wind was blowing in and the ball stayed in the ballpark."

    The Dodgers loaded the bases in the seventh and drove Maddux out. But for the second day in a row, Chicago center fielder Corey Patterson caught a liner in center and fired a perfect strike home for a double play. This time his peg nailed Brent Mayne, who tried to bowl over Barrett.

    Patterson also threw out Adrian Beltre at third in the eighth when he tried to advance on Finley's flyball. On Thursday, his peg got San Diego's Khalil Greene at the plate when he tried to score from third on a fly. ^Notes:@ Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez sat out to rest his sore groin. He left Thursday's game against the Padres after four innings. His replacement, Martinez, reached base four straight times. ... Bradley returned to Los Angeles' lineup after missing Thursday's game with a sore hamstring. ... Cubs reliever LaTroy Hawkins began serving a three-game suspension for a run-in last month with umpire Tim Tschida.

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