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Cubs 3, Dodgers 2 | Los Angeles leads series, 3-1: Cubs Defeat the Dodgers in an N.L.C.S. Battle of the Long Ball

“Good luck to him,” Baez said of Kershaw during a television interview after the game.

There is still a long way to go if the Cubs want to inject true drama into this series. In the first three contests of this best-of-seven series, the Cubs were little match for the well-rounded Dodgers, who led the major leagues with 104 wins in the regular season and had yet to lose a postseason game entering Wednesday.

“We’re still not on track as a team,” Baez said. “But I think if we get back on track, everybody as a team, we’re going to be the best again.”

Baez, who was hitless in the postseason entering Wednesday’s game, became the first Cubs player to record a multi-homer postseason game in 14 years, sending one ball past left field onto Waveland Avenue. Willson Contreras added another homer off the video scoreboard in left-center field.

The Cubs’ salvage efforts began with Arrieta. His two terrific starts in the World Series last year helped push the Cubs to their long-awaited title. He seemed to channel those outings on the mound on Wednesday.

He spun six and two-thirds strong innings. While he walked five, he pitched out of jams, struck out nine and allowed…

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