How it happened: Edwin Jackson didn't get out of the first inning, giving up five runs on four hits and a walk. Matt Kemp hit a three-run home run and later A.J. Ellis hit a two-run shot off reliever Eric Jokisch. It was 6-0 before Clayton Kershaw took the mound and he gave up three first-inning runs when Anthony Rizzo doubled home one, Jorge Soler tripled him home and then Rafael Lopez hit a sacrifice fly. Ellis homered again off Jokisch in the third and then the Dodgers put up another six runs in the sixth, all off Dan Straily. Yasiel Puig homered while Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford had RBIs.
What it means: The final nail might have just gone in the coffin of Jackson's career as a Cub. If the team is actually trying to win starting next year they can't possibly give him a chance to start again, not after seeing his ERA balloon to 6.38, by far the worst in the league among regular starters. He's been throwing batting practice to the opposition for most of two seasons. It's as simple as that. Kershaw won his 20th game though the Cubs made him work for it as he threw 106 pitches in just five innings. If not for Jackson's early meltdown they had a chance to beat the favorite for both the Cy Young and MVP awards this season. The Cubs' young hitters squared up enough balls to do some damage.
Lopez in relief: Lopez took over for Welington Castillo, who left the game with a rib injury. The rookie catcher earned his first hit, walk and RBI, all off Kershaw.