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MLB playoffs: Dodgers pound Cubs, take 2-0 lead

The Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez celebrates after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Cubs. The blast marked Ramirez’s 26th in his postseason career, extending a major-league record.

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The Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez celebrates after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Cubs. The blast marked Ramirez’s 26th in his postseason career, extending a major-league record.

The team with the best regular-season record in the National League fell behind early and never recovered.

With ace Carlos Zambrano on the mound, the Cubs gave up five runs in the second inning and played sloppy defense in a 10-3 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday in Chicago. The win gives the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the NL Division Series with Game 3 on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez hit his 26th postseason homer — extending his major-league record — and starter Chad Billingsley gave up one run in 62/3 innings for the win.

In the other NL Division Series, Shane Victorino hit a grand slam off Brewers ace CC Sabathia and starter Brett Myers went seven strong innings to lead the Phillies to a 5-2 victory — and a 2-0 series edge — in Philadelphia. Game 3 is Saturday in Milwaukee. 6C

MLB playoffs: Dodgers pound Cubs, take 2-0 lead 10/02/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:34pm]
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