LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up two hits over seven innings and retired his last 13 batters, Skip Schumaker hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Saturday night.
Ryu (9-3) had nine strikeouts, all in a span of 13 batters. The first came against Joey Votto, who took a called third strike after Chris Heisey hit his first triple of the season with two out in the third. Cincinnati’s run came on a homer by Jay Bruce in the second.
The Dodgers increased their NL West lead to 1 1/2 games over Arizona.
Ryu faced South Korean countryman Shin-Soo Choo for the first time in the major leagues. The Reds’ center fielder walked, grounded out to first base and struck out.
Kenley Jansen got the last three outs for his 14th save.
Bronson Arroyo (9-8) gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, after going 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his previous six starts against Los Angeles. The right-hander was coming off a complete-game 11-0 victory at San Francisco on Monday.
Carl Crawford, who made a brief visit to an emergency room on Thursday to get checked on for a high temperature and fever and then singled his first three times up in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory Friday night, was held out of the lineup. Manager Don Mattingly replaced him with Schumaker, who came in with more plate appearances (53) and hits (18) against Arroyo than anyone else on Los Angeles’ roster.
Schumaker came through in the fifth, driving Arroyo’s 1-0 pitch to center field for his second home run of the season and a 3-1 Dodgers lead after a leadoff single by Mark Ellis. It was the 300th home run given up by the 14-year veteran, including a career-high and major league-worst 46 in 2011.
Schumaker doubled in the seventh inning and scored the Dodgers’ fourth run on a two-out single by Adrian Gonzalez.
The Dodgers got a run in the first on a two-out double by Hanley Ramirez after Yasiel Puig walked, advanced on a flyout and stole third without a throw. But the Reds tied it in the second when Bruce drove Ryu’s 2-0 pitch into the right field pavilion for his 22nd home run. Since the start of the 2010 season, Bruce leads all left-handed batters with 42 homer against lefty pitchers — including eight this season.
Bruce, the Reds’ right fielder, also threw out Puig at first base in the fifth after the unpredictable and overaggressive rookie made a wide turn on his single toward the line. The play immediately followed Schumaker’s homer.
In Thursday night’s series opener, Puig made a similar wide turn around first on a single to center and ended up at third base after Choo threw the ball past first baseman Joey Votto and the ball ended up in the stands for a two-base error that led to an unearned run against Mat Latos.
NOTES: Ryu is 5-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 10 home starts. The Dodgers have won each of his last six outings, while he had three no-decisions. … Arroyo has given up a franchise-record 238 home runs since joining the Reds in a March 2006 trade from Boston for Wily Mo Pena. Six of them have come against the Dodgers. … Reds RHP Jonathan Broxton, on the disabled list since June 15 with an elbow strain, threw 20 pitches during early batting practice. “He was throwing the ball good,” said manager Dusty Baker, who was noncommittal when asked about the best-case scenario for the former Dodger closer’s return. “He didn’t quite have the command, but that’s to be expected. As long as there is no pain, that means he’s on the way.” … Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt rejoined the club after missing four games because of the death of his mother-in-law. … Votto’s consecutive game on-base streak ended at 38 after he went 0 for 3. That left Ramirez with the longest active streak in the majors at 35. … The loss made Cincinnati 9-1 in games Arroyo has pitched following a Reds defeat. He’s gotten the decision in six of those wins.