Dodgers exact revenge and defeat Cubs 9-4

James Outman and Max Muncy each hit two home runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Saturday.

Muncy hit a two-run home run in the seventh off Mark Leiter Jr. and a solo shot in the ninth off Brad Boxberger, tying the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso for the major league lead with 10 home runs. Muncy has homered nine times in the last 12 games.

“All the guys are important, but Max is always in the middle of things, so when it’s going well it looks like we’ve got good numbers,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Outman went 5 for 4 with four RBIs, hitting a solo homer in the second off Hayden Wesneski (1-1) and a two-run homer in the ninth off Boxberger. Outman leads rookies with a .314 batting average, seven home runs and 19 RBIs and a 1.121 OPS.

“James has taken us a long way. He had some big hits, obviously. It’s just an opportunity that he essentially presented himself in the last days of spring training and he’s taken advantage of it, earning more opportunities,” Roberts said.

The Dogers rebounded from a 13-0 loss on Friday.

Nico Hoerner hit a two-run home run for the Cubs, who lost for the second time in seven games. Hoerner has homered in consecutive games.

A day after Drew Smyly carried a perfect game into the eighth inning, Wesneski faced bases-loaded trouble with no outs in the first inning. Mookie Betts singled, Freddie Freeman doubled and Muncy walked as the Dodgers matched the number of bases they had on Friday.

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Wesneski was able to get JD Martinez to hit a hard groundout to second, and Hoerner turned a double play as Betts scored. Jason Heyward hit a warning runway fly.

Dodgers starter Dustin May found himself in the same situation as Wesneski in the first inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Hoerner, who led off with a single, came around to score on a fielder’s choice by Seiya Suzuki. May ended the first inning by having Cody Bellinger look on and Patrick Wisdom coming out.

May (2-1) calmed down after a rocky start to pitch 5 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs and two hits with six strikeouts and walked around three.

Outman led off the second inning with a home run to the right-field basket.

“The more reps you do, the more comfortable you’ll be,” Outman said. “I don’t know why, but I think it’s the clubhouse, the guys are great, so obviously that’s it.”

Martinez doubled and scored on Outman’s single in the fourth for a 3-1 lead.

“He’s smart and he’s always talking about what the pitchers are doing,” Muncy said. “For a guy who doesn’t have a lot of experience with a lot of these pitchers, it’s really impressive for him to be so open to what we talk to him about.”

Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double in the fourth.

Pinch hitter Miguel Vargas added an RBI single off Michael Rucker in the sixth for a 4-2 lead.

Wesneski (1-1) lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits.

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