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LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill never strayed from his mindset of pitching in the moment, even when he was far from the major leagues playing independent ball with the Long Island Ducks. http:///...ean-Francois-Jersey/ .Convinced there would be another opportunity to get back to the big leagues, he focused on executing pitches without worrying about his current circumstances.Fourteen months later, Hill allowed two hits over six innings to beat Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 NL Championship Series lead.Its the biggest game of my career, Hill said. Its just putting in the work, putting in the time, having a routine, persevere, all those things that you can say to sum up some kind of endurance or resiliency. For me, thats all Ive ever known is just work.Rookie Corey Seager had three hits, including a go-ahead single in the third, and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the fourth.After winning a big league-high 103 games during the regular season and sparking belief they could win the World Series for the first time since 1908, the Cubs have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since May 2014, managing just six hits -- five of them singles. Their 18 straight scoreless innings mark the longest postseason drought in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.More than anything, I think we need to get a couple runs and hits and runs early to try to get that kind of feeling back, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, because, obviously, when youre not scoring any runs, it makes it even more difficult in the dugout.Hill, who made two starts in the independent Atlantic League in August 2015 before signing a minor league deal with Boston , struck out six and walked two. Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton and Kenley Jansen finished. Playing their 200th postseason game, the Dodgers posted consecutive shutouts for the first time.Julio Urias starts Game 4 for the Dodgers on Wednesday and at 20 years, 68 days will become the youngest starting pitcher in postseason history. John Lackey starts for the Cubs.Hes not scared of the moment, Seager said of Urias. Hes not scared of anything.Hill was acquired from Oakland along with Josh Reddick at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. The 36-year-old left-hander struggled with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand that landed him on the disabled list from mid-July to late August. The blister still bothered him in the final weeks of the regular season, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled him after seven perfect innings against Miami on Sept. 10, saying the team had to keep its focus on bigger goals in October.Hill was strong from the start against one of his former teams, retiring the side to open the game and later eight in a row. Hes given up one run in 23 innings over four home starts for the Dodgers, lowering his ERA to 0.39.When hes got that attitude out there, you can tell, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. Thats when you know hes rolling, that his pitches are working, and hes doing what he wants to do out there.Seagers go-ahead single ended an 0-for-15 slide with runners in scoring position in postseason play.Grandal was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts against Arrieta in his career before he launched a 3-2 pitch into the right-field pavilion in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. Grandal drove in Reddick, who singled and stole second and third.Hes been so good for the last couple years just because he doesnt give in, Grandal said of Arrieta. He still made a really good pitch down in the zone. I was just lucky to put a swing on it and hit it out.Justin Turner homered on the first pitch leading off the sixth to chase Arrieta, who gave up four runs and six hits in five innings. He dominated the Dodgers in his previous two starts against them, including a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 30, 2015. Los Angeles had gone 2 for 51 against him in two games.Its hard to go out there and pitch when your team is not scoring, so you try to be perfect. You cant make any mistakes. If you give up one run, that can be it, Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said. He had one of his best stuff all year, to be honest.Joc Pederson doubled in a run in the eighth and Grandal hit a run-scoring groundout .Maddon moved struggling Anthony Rizzo from third to the cleanup spot, and his broken-bat infield hit in the ninth made him 2 for 26 in the postseason. Addison Russell, dropped from fifth to seventh, is 1 for 24. Jason Heyward struck out as a pinch hitter and is 2 for 19.Chicagos 3-4-5 hitters went 1 for 11 in the game and are 2 for 32 in the series without an RBI.Dexter Fowlers two-out double in the eighth provided the Cubs first extra-base hit since their 8-4 win in the opener.Theres no doubt here, third baseman Kris Bryant said. We certainly have all the belief in the world. Its a powerful thing when you believe.With a win Wednesday, the Dodgers could try to finish the series at home.These guys won 100-some games. Theyve got the talent, so you cant think ahead, Grandal said. If you think ahead, thats when bad things happen.SHUTOUT BLUESFour of Chicagos eight shutouts this year have been against the Dodgers.KERSHAWRoberts hasnt ruled out turning to Clayton Kershaw to pitch on three days rest in Game 5 on Thursday.Los Angeles has announced rookie Kenta Maeda as its starter. Hes given up seven earned runs in a combined seven innings of his two postseason starts.In last weeks five-game Division Series against Washington, Kershaw pitched in all three wins. He started Game 1 and Game 4, on three days rest and got his first big league save in Game 5.The series circumstances will kind of dictate what decision we make, Roberts said Tuesday. Clayton feels good after Game 2. Hes prepared for anything that we have for him. Hes shown the ability to adjust his routine or regimen for whatever is best for our club.UP NEXTLackey is 8-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 24 postseason appearances. Urias will be the third consecutive left-hander to start for the Dodgers. He earned the victory over Washington in Game 5 of the NLDS with two scoreless innings. . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. . Woodson said during a radio interview Thursday that the Knicks Carmelo Anthony doesnt get the same calls as other superstars. .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. LAS VEGAS -- Clint Bowyer has settled the $2.2 million lawsuit he filed last week against former team HScott Motorsports and owner Harry Scott Jr.In a joint statement released by Bowyer and Scott, they reached an amicable, confidential settlement. Bowyer had claimed Scott missed his past two monthly payments that totaled $1.2 million, and that Scott owed him $1 million for helping bring sponsorship to the team.Mr. Scott provided additional information to Mr. Bowyer, of which he was not aware, which satisfied him that the claims asserted against Mr. Scott should be dismissed, the statement said. [Bowyer] and HScott Motorsports then reached a mutual and amicable confidential settlement as to the claims for the debt owed.Bowyer drove for HScott in 2016 under a one-year deal, which he signed in September 2015 as a one-year stop-gap before he replaces the retiring Tony Stewart at Stewwart-Haas Racing in 2017. I am glad our race team and Clint Bowyer ... were able to reach a quick resolution, Scott said. I wish Clint the best of luck in his career moving forward.Bowyer had a frustrating season, finishing 27th in the standings.I want to thank all the team members for their hard work all season, Bowyer said. Im looking forward to the 2017 season and beyond and wish Harry Scott all the best in the future.Scott has not announced plans for 2017, but he currently has no drivers or sponsors signed for next year, indicating the team probably will discontinue Cup operations. Bowyer had filed the suit the day after the season ended, claiming Scott was liquidating his assets, and obtained a lien on property in the teams possession. Wholesale Jerseys From China China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China China NFL Hoodies Cheap NFL Gear Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Wholesale Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '