Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches Los Angeles Dodgers to 7-0 victory over Los Angeles Angels in Freeway Series finale

first_imgThey added some insurance in the eighth on a two-run single by Adrian Gonzalez. Matt Kemp was ejected at the end of that inning when he struck out on a check-swing with the bases loaded after saying something home plate umpire Brian Knight apparently didn’t like.Ryu (13-5) allowed no runs on four hits. He struck out four, walked one and hit a batter.The Angels (67-47) dropped three games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West. The Angels have lost three in a row for the first time since losing a season-high four straight from May 30-June 3.Ryu didn’t allow a hit until David Freese walloped a one-out double to right-center in the fifth inning. Albert Pujols almost had a hit with one out in the fourth, but third baseman Juan Uribe climbed the ladder to snag a screaming line drive.Ryu received more defensive help in the sixth when Collin Cowgill hit one deep in the hole at short. Miguel Rojas made a fine grab and long throw. Cowgill was initially ruled safe, but that was overturned upon review.Afterward, as reporters waited patiently to speak with Ryu, lots of hooting and hollering could be heard inside the Dodgers’ locker room.“It was just really a good game,” Ryu said. “The pace was good the first half of the game; I had full control of it.”He loved the defense played by Rojas, in particular. Rojas’ work at shortstop is a beautiful thing to see.“Obviously, some fantastic defensive plays came out today,” Ryu said. “I am very thankful for Rojas and thankful I could finish seven innings.”Ryu was asked what was working for him.“I had good command of the fastball today, and the velocity as well,” he said through an interpreter. “But the changeup was the key today.”After Rojas’ play on Cowgill, Erick Aybar walked and was forced at second on a ground ball to third by Mike Trout, who went to third on a subsequent double to left by Pujols. Josh Hamilton belted one to left-center. But Puig ran it down and caught it near the fence to end the inning. The crowd roared.Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went 0-for-3. He applauded Ryu’s work.“He was changing speeds very well, especially with his fastball,” Iannetta said. “At times he was 93-94, at other times he was 87, and he was continually doing that. He also used his off-speed pitches a lot. We saw in the scouting report that was something he did the second time through the lineup.“Later in the game he started using his fastball more. He mixed it up, he elevated it when he need to and he was throwing strikes at the top of the zone, which makes it very difficult at times.”Iannetta talked about losing three consecutive.“That’s part of it,” he said. “You can’t go wire-to-wire in this game. There’s 162 games, and there are going to be stretches where you’re not pitching well and not playing well. We’re not playing bad right now, we’re just not playing to our potential.”It was C.J. Wilson’s second start for the Angels since coming off the disabled list (ankle sprain). In his first start back he was pounded by the Rays for six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Wilson (8-8), who has had a forgettable season, pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking four. He left with an ERA of 4.82 after throwing 100 pitches.Ramirez got the Dodgers on the board with a two-run, bases-loaded line-drive single to centerfield off Wilson for a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Scoring were Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig, who had walked and singled, respectively. Kemp made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to right that brought home Gonzalez, also aboard via a walk.After Freese broke up Ryu’s no-hitter, Ryu quickly thwarted that scoring threat by getting Iannetta to ground out to short and striking out C.J. Cron swinging.The Dodgers added a run in the top of the sixth on a two-out RBI double by Uribe that scored Kemp, who had walked. Wilson then walked light-hitting A.J. Ellis (he’s now batting .192), and that was all for the left-hander. Cory Rasmus relieved Wilson and got Miguel Rojas to pop out to first baseman C.J. Cron.However, Rojas had an RBI single in the top of the ninth for the Dodgers’ final run. By Robert [email protected]@RMorales on TwitterRecently acquired Angels closer Huston Street was sitting in his team’s dugout prior to Thursday’s game, marveling at how terrific it has been to be involved in the Freeway Series for the first time. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img He got to the part where the Dodgers had won two of the first three games of the series, and he came very close to making a bold prediction about Game 4. He stopped short of that. But just barely.“They’ve beaten us twice, but we’re going to … I think we’re going to try to even it up here,” he said, smiling.Not with Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching for the Dodgers. Just like Dan Haren a night earlier – Haren was perfect through 5 1/3 innings – the Angels had trouble even getting hits. Ryu went 4 1/3 innings before allowing one. Thanks to his fine seven innings of work and a 3-run third inning that included a two-run single by Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers defeated the Angels for the third consecutive time, this time 7-0 before a sellout crowd of 44,561 at Angel Stadium; it was the largest crowd there since the 1998 renovation.The Dodgers banged out 13 hits, the Angels had two.The first-place Dodgers (66-50), winners of 10 of 13, picked up a game on San Francisco and now lead the Giants by 3 1/2 games in the NL West. last_img

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