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CHICAGO (AP) Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a single in a five-run first inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 for their fourth win in five games.

Hiroki Kuroda (3-2) gave up three hits and two runs in the first, then scattered six hits the rest his six innings. Overall he allowed three runs – two earned – struck out seven and walked none.

Carlos Zambrano (2-1) worked five innings, giving up six runs and eight hits. He struck out four without walking a batter.

Ethier is one of only three players in baseball history with a 21-game hitting streak in April. his former manager Joe Torre had a 22-game streak in 1972.

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