Not too many people were crazy excited for a Rams-49ers Thursday night game at Levi's Stadium on paper, although, it turned out to be the most exciting game of the young season. Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The contest was the highest-scoring Thursday night game since it started on the NFL Network in 2006. Two of Gurley's touchdowns were on the ground, while he also caught one from quarterback Jared Goff, who threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns on the night. Gurley finished with 113 yards on the ground, as all three of his scores took place in the first half. The Rams held a 14-point lead as late as the third quarter, but had to hold off the Niners, who had three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes of the loss. Carlos Hyde found the end zone twice, while Brian Hoyer threw for a touchdown and ran for a score for San Francisco, who fell to 0-3 on the season. The Rams have now scored a combined 107 points in the first three games, including two 40-point contests, as they sit in first place in the NFC West at 2-1. They will take their high-powered offense to Dallas for a matchup with the Cowboys next week, while the 49ers will look for their first win in Arizona against the Cardinals.
Indians Complete Sweep, Dodgers Avoid Sweep
It's easy to compare what the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers are doing as of late, as they are having very similar seasons, and are battling for the best record in baseball down the stretch. First, Edwin Encarnacion and Francisco Lindor went deep, as The Tribe completed a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 4-1 win on Thursday afternoon. The win is their fifth in a row and 27th in the past 28 games, as they have joined the 1884 Providence Grays as the only teams to have a run like that. Lindor had the go-ahead home run for a second straight night, and now has 32 on the season. Five Indians relievers kept the Angels off the scoreboard, as Zach McCallister earned the win on the day. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers were looking to avoid a sweep on the road on Thursday, and did just that with a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The win clinches them for at least a tie for the National League West Division title, as well as snaps their four-game losing streak. Andre Ethier and Curtis Granderson both went deep, while Cody Bellinger drove in the go-ahead run on a groundout in the seventh inning. Kenley Jansen came on for his 39th save of the season, as the Dodgers hung on for a one-game lead on the Indians for baseball's best record. Cleveland will begin a series in Seattle against the Mariners on Friday, while the Dodgers head back home to host the San Francisco Giants.
Cubs Rally Past Brewers to Add to Division Lead
The Chicago Cubs' recent hot streak has kept them on top of the National League Central Division, although, this weekend's series in Milwaukee is the perfect opportunity for them to make a statement. They got off to a good start on Thursday night, as Kris Bryant's two-run home run in the 10th was the game-winner in the Cubs' 5-3 win over the second-place Milwaukee Brewers. Javier Baez tied the game in the ninth inning with an RBI single, as the Cubs earned their eighth win in the past nine games, just one day after their seven-game winning streak came to an end. Wade Davis pitched two innings, including the 10th, to earn his fourth win, as he struck out the side to seal the victory. Bryant's go-ahead blast was his 28th of the season and followed Jon Jay's lead-off double. Kyle Schwarber added his 29th long ball of the year, while Domingo Santana went deep for a 28th time for Milwaukee. Jake Arrieta returned for his first start since September 4th and allowed a run on five hits over five innings for the defending World Series champs. Zach Davies got the call for Milwaukee and was in line for the win after throwing seven innings of two-run baseball. The Cubs' NL Central lead is now at 4.5 games on Milwaukee, as the series continues on ESPN Friday night.