Dodgers beat Cubs 8-5

Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO (AP) Matt Kemp homered and had four RBIs, Yasiel Puig scored a career-high four times and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers used six pitchers to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 on Sunday.

Kemp had four hits for the Dodgers, who clinched a playoff berth on Friday and entered with a 3 1-2 game lead over the Giants in the NL West. Los Angeles pushed starter Dan Haren back a day so he could face San Francisco on Monday.

The Dodgers instead used the bullpen. Jamey Wright made his first start since Sept. 1, 2013, with the Rays, allowing a run and three hits in two innings.

Chris Perez (1-3) struck out two in 1 1-3 innings for his first victory since Aug. 14, 2013. And Kenley Jansen earned his 43rd save in 48 chances.

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