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Cubs Bite Ely, Dodgers 7-3

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In his second consecutive short outing, Los Angeles Dodger rookie pitcher John Ely (4-7) let Chicago Cubs hitters get the best of him, lasting only two and one-thirds innings while giving up six runs against his home state rival before a national Fox television audience and an announced crowd of 49,016 that included plenty of local Cubbie fans and actor David Duchovny, who threw out the game’s first pitch.

“I think everyone here knows I’m capable of doing the job and getting it done well, but right now it’s just not happening,” said John Ely.

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto’s two-run homer ran the scoreboard to 3-0, shortly after Starlin Castro had singled home Marlon Byrd for the game’s first run. In the third inning, Ely walked in Alfonso Soriano after loading the bases on a Derek Lee single, an Aramis Ramirez single, and via hitting Marlon Byrd.