Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija pitched well enough to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers — if he'd gotten any run support.
With some of their big hitters getting the day off, Chris Capuano's sharp pitching helped the Dodgers break a franchise record that stood for 89 years with a 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Saturday.
The win was the Dodgers' 13th straight on the road and broke a franchise record set in 1924 by the Brooklyn Robins.
Capuano (4-6) scattered six hits over 6 1-3 innings for Los Angeles, which hasn't lost on the road since July 6 in San Francisco.
Samardzija (6-10) allowed three runs over six innings in Chicago's third straight loss. The Valparaiso High School graduate gave up seven hits, five walks and hit a batter, but was able to get out of jams with nine strikeouts.
It wasn't enough.
"That's pretty impressive, what they've done," Samardzija said. "And after watching them play a few game you understand why. They take good at-bats, they're a dangerous lineup, and what surprised me a lot in this series was their bullpen. You mix that in with a potent offense and they're a tough team to beat."
Los Angeles is in the middle of a stretch of 26 games in 27 days, and manager Don Mattingly gave his infield an alternative look by taking four-time All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzales, hot-hitting second baseman Mark Ellis and third baseman Juan Uribe out of the starting lineup.
Others Dodgers came through at the plate and were able to capitalize on Samardzija's control problems.
"Fastball command is going to be the dictation of pretty much everybody's outing and he really didn't have it today," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He battled and got the outs and kept the game close, but obviously the pitch count after six innings was way too many."
Tigers 3, White Sox 0: Max Scherzer took a shutout into the eighth inning before being pulled, and the Detroit right-hander became baseball's first 16-game winner when the Tigers held on for a victory over the punchless White Sox.
The White Sox have lost nine straight. The Tigers have won 11 of 12, despite playing most of that stretch without slugger Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera has been bothered by hip and abdominal problems and sat out Saturday.
Scherzer (16-1) allowed three hits in 7 2-3 innings. Jose Veras got the third out of the eighth, and Joaquin Benoit finished for his 12th save in 12 chances.
John Danks (2-9) allowed six hits in seven innings, including solo homers by Torii Hunter, Jhonny Peralta and Jose Iglesias.