Capuano does it with arm, bat as Dodgers top Cubs

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm •  Published: May 5, 2012
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CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Capuano beat the Chicago Cubs with his bat and his arm on Saturday. Guess which one he'll remember more?

Capuano threw seven shutout innings and drove in two runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-1 win over the Cubs.

Capuano (4-0) held Chicago to three hits and struck out seven, extending his scoreless innings streak to 18 2-3. His two-run double in the second gave him his first RBIs since Aug. 24, 2007.

"The first thing I did when I came in was watch my hit about 10 times," Capuano said. "That's the thing we get excited about as pitchers."

There are plenty of reasons to be excited for the first-place Dodgers, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. It's just the second time since 1988 that Los Angeles has won at least 18 of its first 27 games.

"It's been a lot of fun," Capuano said. "We've got great chemistry in the clubhouse. We're really staying together. As long as we continue to do that, it should be a fun year."

Los Angeles started 19-8 in 2009, the last year the Dodgers won the NL West.

Cubs starter Chris Volstad (0-4) fell to 0-9 over 17 starts dating to July 10. He allowed four hits and five runs over five innings, walking three and striking out one.

During Volstad's long winless streak, his Achilles' heel has been an inability to avoid big innings. The problem surfaced again on Saturday when his leadoff walk to Andre Ethier in the second led to a sacrifice fly.

Later that inning, Volstad left a pitch up to Capuano, who laced it into the gap in right-center for a two-run double.

"Big one of the game," Volstad said. "Second and third, nobody out, giving up one run I'd be feeling pretty good, the team's still in the game. He hit that ball really well."

Capuano, who was a capable hitting pitcher before missing two seasons with an elbow injury, had gone just 5 for 79 without an RBI since returning to the majors in 2010.

Capuano is off to his best start since winning his first five decisions in 2007. He's hoping this season turns out better after he lost his final 12 decisions that year. The lefty has won seven of his last nine starts against the Cubs, who barely threatened him on Saturday.



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