Ricky Nolasco pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier hit solo homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Wednesday.
The first-place Dodgers earned their 21st victory in August, tying the Los Angeles record for most wins in a calendar month. They avoided a second straight series loss by taking two of three from the last-place Cubs.
Nolasco (11-9) struck out a season high-tying 11, walked one and permitted only one runner to get reach third base. Acquired in a trade with Florida in early July, the right-hander won his sixth straight start in August.
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig left after four innings with no immediate explanation. He didn't slide into second base to try to break up a double play in the first inning and visibly reacted after striking out in the third.
Edwin Jackson (7-14) gave up four runs - two earned - and six hits against his old team. He struck out five and walked two.
The Cubs have lost nine of 12, and wen...