LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Cubs' ticket list already was stretched with manager Rick Renteria and starting rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks returning Friday night to Dodger Stadium.
Their level of support was expanded, but it also put stress on the ticket demands when the Cubs promoted infielder and Newhall native Chris Valaika from Triple-A Iowa.
Valaika said he wasn't going to ask for many passes with Hendricks facing the Dodgers, but he assured Hendricks that his family members and friends would support him.
Hendricks, 24, who grew up about one hour away from Dodger Stadium in San Juan Capistrano, didn't disappoint his closest followers as he continues to cement a spot in the Cubs' rotation for the rest of the season.
Hendricks pitched seven innings of four-hit ball as the Cubs cruised to an 8-2 victory before 47,900 fans at Dodger Stadium.
"I thought about playing here, but not about this moment," said Hendricks, who actually pitched an inning at Dodger Stadium at a high school showcase tournament in front of about 200 people.
Only two of the four hits allowed by Hendricks (2-1) left the infield. Hendricks has allowed only two earned runs in his past 23 1/3 innings dating back to the fourth inning of his major league debut at Cincinnati on July 10.
The biggest issue for Hendricks might be his innings pitched. He has thrown 129 innings at Triple-A Iowa and with the Cubs this season. His career high is 166 1/3 innings accomplished last season at Double-A Tennessee and Iowa, but Hendricks said he feels strong, and Renteria said there haven't been any talks of shutting him down in the final month of the regular season.
"I’m sure if that’s a topic of conversation we’ll have, it will be somewhere in the near future," Renteria said.
Meanwhile, Hendricks looked strong as he has pitched at least six innings in each of his four major league starts.
"They haven’t said a word to me," Hendricks said about his inning total. "I don’t worry about that stuff. I work hard in the off-season to get myself ready for that. I like to throw a lot of innings.
"Usually as the season goes, I get stronger and fall into a rhythm. This is the best I’ve felt right now."
Hendricks received a big gift as the Cubs scored three times with two out in the third inning and added three more in the fifth to knock out starter Dan Haren.
Anthony Rizzo ignited the rally in the third with a double and scored on a single by Ryan Sweeney. Matt Kemp's throw from right field to third base skipped into the third base dugout, enabling Starlin Castro to score.
Sweeney, who advanced to third on Kemp's errant throw, scored on a wild pitch by Haren.
Haren was pulled after loading the bases. Welington Castillo hit an RBI single off the center field wall off Chris Perez. Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly, and Hendricks hit a hard grounder off the leg of Perez to score the third run of the inning.
Luis Valbuena tied the game in the second with his ninth home run.
Hendricks, who grew up a Los Angeles Angels fan before switching his allegiance to the San Francisco Giants, took a hard grounder by Dee Gordon off his calf in the first but stayed in the game.
Gordon stole second and third base. Hanley Ramirez hit a grounder to short, but Castro's throw to second sailed wide for an error to score Gordon. Adrian Gonzalez tried to score from first on the play, but the Cubs executed a perfect relay from Schierholtz to Rizzo to Castillo.
The Dodgers challenged the call, which was confirmed by replay.
Hendricks retired 13 of 15 batters until the sixth, when he allowed an infield hit to Yasiel Puig. A throwing error by Castillo allowed Puig to reach second.
Trailing by seven runs, Puig attempted to score from second after the Cubs failed to complete a double play at first base. Puig slid around Castillo to score, but he was taken out of the game in the top of the seventh. The Dodgers announced that Puig was pulled because of soreness in his left hamstring.
Hendricks walked one and struck out three in a 107-pitch effort.
"He seems to have a good feel for what he wants to do," Renteria said.
Castro had three of the Cubs' 13 hits.
This marked the first game that Renteria, a native of South Gate who grew up a Dodgers fan, managed at Dodger Stadium.