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Martin Powers Dodgers to Slam Past Cubs

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The offensive slump the Dodgers found themselves in seemed to be alleviated with one crack of the bat in their 7-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning and the bases loaded with one out, catcher Russell Martin took the first pitch he saw from Cubs reliever Angel Guzman and drove it over the left centerfield wall for his second career grand slam.

“It felt good,” Martin said after the game. “Not many words needed this day. It felt good sitting on the ball, and really just trying to get at least one run in. I got four in, so it feels good.”

“That was big for us,” manager Joe Torre said of Martin’s grand slam. “Russell needed that. Just to have that kind of base hit in that kind of situation was big for us because it broke open a tie game. It just gave something for Russell to build on hopefully.”

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Up to that point the game had been a close affair with the Cubs responding each time the Dodgers had scored.