Los Angeles Dodgers defeat Chicago Cubs, 3-2

LOS ANGELES -- That was quick.

Coming off a three-game sweep in the desert, the Cubs' longest winning streak since May disappeared into the chilled Los Angeles night -- gone with the speed of a Rafael Furcal line drive just inside the right-field foul pole Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

''That was a laser. He hit a 2-iron, and the wind's not going to play with that one,'' manager Lou Piniella said after Furcal's two-run homer in the seventh off Randy Wells beat th...

LOS ANGELES -- Twenty-one months after an angry young Cub took a bat to a water main and flooded the visitors dugout at Dodger Stadium, the pipe is fixed, the dugout long since dry.

But the Cubs are still trying to pick up the pieces since the stunning elimination and subsequent fall from what looks more each day like the high point of the Lou Piniella era in Chicago.

''We were shocked,'' said pitcher Ted Lilly, who was scheduled to start a Game 4 that was never play...