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Dodgers Beat Cubs in Series Opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rafael Furcal hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in their series opener Thursday night.

Kershaw (9-4) struck out a season-high 12 and walked none in eight innings, tying his longest outing. The left-hander allowed two runs and seven hits for his second straight win.

Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.

The loss snapped the Cubs' three-game winning streak, while the Dodgers won for the fourth time in six games.

Furcal's season-long 10-game hitting streak ended in a 4-0 loss to Florida on Wednesday night, but he picked right back up against the Cubs. He had three hits and got hit by a pitch.

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