Ryu, Dodgers End Pirates’ Home Win Streak, 5-2
PITTSBURGH (CBSLA.com/AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Monday night.
Ryu (11-5) joined Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in making the Dodgers the first team in the majors with three 11-game winners. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Justin Turner had two RBIs and scored twice for the Dodgers, who snapped Pittsburgh’s six-game home winning streak.
Pirates starter Edinson Volquez (8-7) had won four straight starts, tying his career high.
Los Angeles played without right fielder Yasiel Puig (left hand) and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (left wrist) after both were injured when they were hit by pitches last weekend in St. Louis. Puig and Ramirez had X-rays in Pittsburgh that came back negative Monday.
The Dodgers avoided additional injury Monday night, after catcher A.J. Ellis took a breaking ball from Volquez off the head in the second inning. Ellis seemed to brush off the pitch, and immediately ran to first, remaining in the game after a quick examination.
To compensate for their absence, manager Don Mattingly started Matt Kemp in right field — his first appearance there since 2009 — and Turner at shortstop. Turner’s start was his first since June 28, the day he sustained a strained left hamstring that put him on the disabled list for three weeks.
Dee Gordon and Juan Uribe also had two hits apiece for Los Angeles, which began the day one percentage point behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.
Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell combined to pitch a scoreless eighth before Kenley Jansen earned his 29th save in 32 opportunities.
Andrew McCutchen had two hits and a run for the Pirates, who were coming off a home sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
Turner scored on Kemp’s double in the third for the game’s first run. The following inning, Turner’s sharp liner wasn’t handled by Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and turned into a two-run double.
Gonzalez followed with an RBI single to make it 5-0.
That was plenty for Ryu, who retired 18 of the 20 batters he faced outside of Pittsburgh’s two-run fourth inning.
Volquez won five of his previous six starts and had a 0.90 ERA over 30 innings during his four-start winning streak. But he allowed 10 hits and three walks as the Pirates fell short of their first seven-game home winning streak in five years.
Pittsburgh (52-47) also missed an opportunity to move seven games over .500 for the first time this season.
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