Cubs' comeback falls short this time, lose to Dodgers, 3-2

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LOS ANGELES -- Manager Joe Maddon shook up the Cubs lineup Sunday against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, but the offense came up short again Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers that completed a 2-5 trip.

The Cubs mustered nine hits off Hyun-Jin Ryu and relievers Ross Stripling and Kenley Jansen, but the Dodgers produced more timely hits as the Cubs (39-32) fell into a first-place tie with the Brewers in the National League Central.

The Cubs capitalized on an error by third baseman Justin Turner to score two runs off Ryu in the top of the sixth, but Cody Bellinger countered in the bottom of the inning with a game-tying home run off Jose Quintana.

In the eighth, Chris Taylor drew a leadoff walk off reliever Steve Cishek, working his second inning. Taylor advanced to second on a grounder.

Russell Martin followed with a single to left field. Third-base coach Dino Ebel wasted no time in waving Taylor home even though left fielder Kris Bryant fielded the ball before Taylor reached third.

But Ebel's decision paid off as Bryant's throw was off line and skipped past catcher Willson Contreras for the go-ahead run.

The Cubs put the tying and winning runs in scoring position with one out in the ninth, but Jansen induced pinch-hitter Victor Caratini to hit a grounder to the mound, resulting in a fielder's choice at home plate. And Javier Baez hit a line drive to center field, where Alex Verdugo made a diving catch to end the game.

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Baez batted leadoff for the first time this season against Ryu, who lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.26 ERA. Baez went 1-for-4 against Ryu but was furious at home plate umpire DJ Reyburn on a called third strike to end the seventh and spiked his bat and helmet.

Quintana retired the first two batters in the bottom of the first before allowing a hit to David Freese and walking three consecutive batters to score Freese with the first run.

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