The Chicago Cubs unfortunately couldn't finish off the series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, dropping the final game 2-1 on Thursday.
Jon Lester returned to the mound after his injured list stint and worked a quick 1-2-3 first inning. He struck out Enrique Hernández looking and induced flyouts from Justin Turner and David Freese.
Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez were able to get singles off of Dodgers starter Ross Stripling, but they would be left stranded after Báez was caught stealing at second for the final out of the inning.
The Dodgers got on the board in the fifth inning after a leadoff triple from Alex Verdugo. Verdugo scored on a fielding error from Báez with Chris Taylor at bat, putting the Dodgers up 1-0.
Kyle Schwarber led off the bottom of the fifth with a double. Mark Zagunis pinch hit for Lester and struck out swinging, followed by a groundout from Ben Zobrist. Pedro Báez then came in to pitch in relief of Stripling and walked Kris Bryant, but Rizzo flew out to end the inning.
Brad Brach pitched for the Cubs in the sixth. Lester went five innings with four hits, one earned run, no walks, and five strikeouts. Brach faced Turner first, who grounded out to short. Max Muncy pinch hit for Freese and struck out. Cody Bellinger walked but would not come around to score, as the inning ended on a strikeout from AJ Pollock.
Caleb Ferguson replaced Báez for the Dodgers in the seventh inning and struck out Jason Heyward. Albert Almora Jr entered the game in Schwarber's spot and was hit by a pitch. David Bote then pinch hit for Brach and walked, but Zobrist grounded into a 4-3 double play to end the inning.
The eighth inning started with Randy Rosario on the mound, who walked Corey Seager on four pitches. Rosario was quickly pulled in favor of Brandon Kintzler, who faced Hernández. Hernández grounded out 4-3, but Daniel Descalso's tag on Seager at second was challenged by the Dodgers and the out was overturned. Turner was then hit by a pitch.
Kyle Ryan replaced Kintzler, still in the eighth, and a sac fly from Bellinger scored Seager, bringing the score to 2-0. Pollock struck out to end the inning.
With Joe Kelly pitching in the bottom of the eighth, Bryant and Rizzo had consecutive groundouts. Báez singled, followed by a strikeout from Descalso.
Kenley Jansen closed it out for the Dodgers in the ninth. He first faced Willson Contreras, who grounded out to short. Heyward followed with a flyout to left field. With one out remaining in the game, Almora Jr hit his first home run of the season to bring the Cubs within one. The game would end with a 2-1 win for the Dodgers after Bote struck out for the final out.