Los Angeles Dodgers starter Ryu Hyun-jin delivers during the first inning of a game against the Miami Marlins in Los Angeles, Saturday. Ryu allowed one run over six-plus innings for his fourth win. / AP-Yonhap
Lefty bounces back as Dodgers beat Marlins to end skid
By Kim Young-jin
Ryu Hyun-jin found himself in the familiar role of stopper when he took the mound Saturday (local time) against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium.
And as he did many times during his career with the perennially bottom-dwelling Hanwha Eagles, the big lefty came through to aide his skidding team.
Ryu allowed one run over six and two-thirds innings and the Dodgers' bats came alive, as Los Angeles snapped an eight-game losing streak in a matchup between two last-place teams to win 7-1.
Ryu, who benefitted from some nifty glove work from his teammates, improved to 4-2 in his rookie season after arriving from the Korea Baseball Organization. It was his second win over the Marlins, who are last place in the National League East.
The win was a welcome shot in the arm for Ryu, who lost for the second time to the World Champion San Francisco Giants in his last start. Saturday's performance brought his ERA down from 3.71 to 3.40.
The Korean cruised through the first six innings, allowing three hits against the gutted, starless Miami lineup while fanning three batters. He encountered trouble in the fifth after walking two batters, but second baseman Skip Schumaker made a diving stop on a Matt Diaz grounder to end the inning.
In the seventh, Miguel Olivo spanked an off-speed, down-the-center pitch from Ryu into the left-field bleachers, breaking the shutout. After Chris Coghlan singled, Ryu's night was over.
The Dodgers' bats gave plenty of support.
Los Angeles scored in the bottom of the second when Schumaker singled in Andre Ethier. The Dodgers broke the game open the next inning when Dee Gordon hit a lead-off homer to right and Adrian Gonzalez came home on a Schumaker groundball.
In the fifth, Schumaker ― starting at second for the injured Mark Ellis, continued his hot night at the plate, singling home a run before Juan Uribe's sacrifice fly made it 5-0. The Dodgers padded the lead in the seventh on a RBI single from Uribe; Ethier scored on a passed ball.
Marlins starter Kevin Slowey was tagged for 11 hits and took the loss, falling to 1-3.