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Photos: Cubs Offense Soars In 10-2 Rout Of LA; NLCS Tied 2-2

By Stephen Gossett in News on Oct 20, 2016 4:09AM

It seemed like it was just a matter of time.

Sure enough, the Cubs offense—so dangerous throughout the regular season, so ineffectual over the last two contests—came roaring back to life on Wednesday night, as Chicago stomped the Los Angeles Dodgers, 10-2, to even the best-of-seven NLCS at two wins apiece.

Finally breaking a streak of 21 scoreless innings, the Cubs tagged Dodgers starter Julio UrĂ­as for four runs in the fourth inning. The Cubs put up five hits in the inning, including a two-run homer by Addison Russell.

Chicago would go on to add six more runs before the night was through, including a slump-busting solo shot from Anthony Rizzo in the fifth and a two-RBI single in the sixth. Cubs starter John Lackey was effective before getting into base-runner trouble in the fifth; but the story of the night was the high-voltage return of Cubs hitting.

The Dodgers host the Cubs for Game Five on Thursday night, 7 p.m. CST. Dodgers hurler Kenta Maeda is expected to take the mound against Jon Lester. It should be a great one.

The winner of the series will face the Cleveland Indians, who advanced to the World Series on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays.