SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com/AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Padres 2-1 Sunday soon after San Diego’s general manager Josh Byrnes was fired.
Ryu (9-3) had few problems against the light-hitting Padres, as he won for the sixth time in seven starts since missing more than three weeks with shoulder inflammation.
The left-handed Ryu gave up one runs and four hits, and he did not allow San Diego to get its first hit until the fourth inning.
The Dodgers, winners of 10 of 14, took two of three games in the series and have either won or split their last 11 series in San Diego. The last time they lost a series in San Diego was a three-game sweep in September 2010.
Byrnes had been San Diego’s GM since October 2011. The Padres went 76-86 in his first two seasons and are 32-44 and 13 1/2 games back in the NL West this season.
Adrian Gonzalez and Dee Gordon drove in runs against Eric Stults (2-10).
J.P. Howell pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings and Brian Wilson got two outs before Kenley Jansen finished off the four-hitter by pitching the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
Hanley Ramirez got the Dodgers going in the first with a one-out single. He stole a base and took third on a wild pitch when Stults walked Yasiel Puig. Ramirez scored on Gonzalez’s ground out.
Ryu helped himself in the second when his sacrifice bunt advanced Scott Van Slyke and A.J. Ellis. Gordon drove in Van Slyke with an RBI single to right but Ellis was thrown out at home by right fielder Chris Denorfia.
Denorfia had two hits off Ryu, including a leadoff double in the sixth. After a groundout advanced him to third, Denorfia scored on Carlos Quentin’s groundout.
Stults rebounded from a string of six straight subpar starts as he allowed two runs on six hits in a season-high seven innings. He struck out five and walked three. It was just the second time in 24 starts that the lefty has walked more than two batters.
Stults has lost seven consecutive decisions over eight starts. The last time he won was a 6-2 victory over Miami on May 10.
Matt Kemp, meanwhile, extended his hitting streak to 10 games, continuing an increasingly hot month of June.
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