Jeff Samardzija remains a key to the Cubs' future according to general manager Jed Hoyer.

"He's a guy we'd love to try to build around" Hoyer said Saturday before the Cubs' 3-0 loss against the Dodgers. "We love his makeup his competitiveness his swagger his stuff. We obviously have had some (contract extension) discussions with him. We'll continue in the offseason. Our hope is certainly to keep him here and he knows that."

In the interim Samardzija is trying to make the most of a challenging situation as the team has been providing him marginal run support. Samardzija struggled to keep his team in the game Saturday giving up three runs while walking five and allowing seven hits over six innings.

"If I could take anything back it would be those two leadoff walks to (Skip) Schumaker (in the fourth and sixth innings)" said Samardzija who threw 112 pitches and struck out nine. "It doesn't help to throw 25 pitches an inning and make your defense stand out there on the field. We've been getting a lot of hits (eight Saturday) it's just about getting those guys across (the plate)."

The Dodgers won their franchise-best 13th consecutive road game before a crowd of 40490 at Wrigley Field. The National League record for consecutive road victories is 17 set by the 1916 New York Giants.

"That's what happens when you're hot and have the kind of pitching they have and bullpen" Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "And obviously two (hitters Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez) who are super hot over the last month. And you mix in the other pieces and you have a pretty nice combination."

The Cubs stranded seven baserunners and grounded into four double plays.