LOS ANGELES – It was double the pleasure, double the fun at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.

During a break in between the second inning, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully announced he would return to the broadcast booth for the 2016 season thanks to a little help from his friends, Magic Johnson and Jimmy Kimmel.

On the field, the Dodgers did their best to back up Scully's news with some good news of their own – a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 14 batters and Chase Utley scored a run and knocked in his first RBI playing at Dodger Stadium for the first time in Dodger blue.

The reigning NL MVP was dominant all night, allowing just one-run on three hits in eight innings. His only blemish on the night was a solo home run to Anthony Rizzo that traveled 441 feet.

"He hit it really far," Kershaw joked. "He's a good hitter. It was 3-2, I challenged him and he made me pay. As long as it's a solo homer, I'm okay."

The blast was the longest homer Kershaw has allowed in his illustrious career, and was the first run he's allowed at home since July 3.

"The Cubs are known to strikeout or hit homers," Kershaw said of the high strikeout total. "An out's an out, it doesn't really matter how you get it. Leading the league in outs is good though."

Kershaw is unbeaten in his last 10 starts posting a record of 6-0 with a 0.92 ERA with nine strikeouts and just eight walks.

"It's really pick your poison when you face Kershaw," Cubs' catcher Miguel Montero said after the game. "Fastball, breaking ball, curveball – he's effective with all three and doesn't make too many mistakes. He's the best lefty in the game and the best pitcher as well. He's nasty."

The Dodgers middle infield duo of Jimmy Rollins and Utley put the Dodgers on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Rollins hit a one-out single and scored two pitches later after a triple to the gap by Utley.

Utley finished 1-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored in his homecoming. Utley grew up a Dodger fan in nearby Pasadena.

"It's no secret that I grew up watching the Dodgers play," Utley said. "Being from Southern California, I was a big fan so wearing a Dodgers uniform is pretty special. It was pretty cool."

LA put up three in the third inning thanks to some haphazard pitching by Jason Hammel. After a leadoff walk to Utley, Adrian Gonzalez singled to give the Dodgers runners at first and second with no outs.

Hammel (7-6) threw a wild pitch that bounced off Montero's chest and into his glove. Montero threw to third to catch Utley, but his throw went wild allowing Utley to score. One pitch later, Gonzalez took third on another wild pitch by Hammel.

The Cubs right-hander made allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. It was Hammel's 25th start of the season and he seems to be struggling down the stretch posting a 5.44 ERA over his last seven starts.

"It had the feelings of a good pitchers' duel," Hammel said. "Kershaw was locked in from the first pitch, and I felt good too. But I was kind of the first one to blink."