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Surging Dodgers blast Cubs; Chicago's Coleman blitzed early

CHICAGO -- A steady rain pelted Wrigley Field much of Friday morning, leading to puddles on the warning track and chilly temperatures. The nasty weather also put the Chicago Cubs' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in doubt.

Unfortunately for Casey Coleman and the Cubs, they got this one in.

Coleman failed to make it out of the third inning and Chicago went on to a 12-2 loss to the surging Dodgers.

"I don't think I've seen Casey like that since he got here last year," manager Mike Quade said. "Just looked completely out of sync from the get-go."

Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer and finished with four RBIs for the Dodgers, who set season highs for runs and hits (14). Andre Ethier extended his major league-best hitting streak to 19 games and pinch-hitter Marcus Thames added a two-run drive in the ninth.

"There's going to be times where you're inconsistent and that was definitely it," Coleman said.

Uribe also had a run-scoring single in the Dodgers' six-run third inning and a sacrifice fly in the sixth, giving him nine RBIs in his last three games and 12 this year.

"I feel real good right now," he said. "Before, I wasn't hitting. Now, I'm helping my team."

Chad Billingsley (2-1) made the most of the run support, pitching into the seventh inning in his second straight solid start. He also capped Los Angeles' biggest inning of the year with an RBI single for his first hit in 2011.

"The guy knows how to pitch for sure, and, like most veteran guys, knows how to pitch with a lead," Quade said.

The Dodgers have won five of six, including three straight since Major League Baseball seized control of the team. Commissioner Bud Selig told owner Frank McCourt on Wednesday he will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club.

Darwin Barney hit an RBI single for the Cubs, who have scored four or fewer runs in each of their last four games. Kosuke Fukudome, batting leadoff for the sixth time this season, had three singles and walked.

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