Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin throws to the plate during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles, Tuesday. / AP-Yonhap
By Baek Byung-yeul
Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered his third straight loss after giving up four earned runs with three home runs, Tuesday.
After having only one start over the past two years due to a series of injuries, the left-hander made his third start of the season against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Though he struck out seven and walked one in six innings, Ryu allowed four runs on seven hits including three home runs as his team lost 3-4.
Ryu struggled from the beginning of the game. He allowed a leadoff double to Charlie Blackmon in the top of the first inning and Nolan Arenado homered on a line drive to left center field for the Rockies' 2-0 lead.
Ryu was scoreless in the second and third innings, but allowed the second home run of the game in the fourth. After forcing Mark Reynolds to ground out, Trevor Story sent the ball to left center field for a 3-0 lead.
The Dodgers scored a run in the bottom fourth, but Ryu gave up the third home run of the game to Arenado to make the score 4-1. The Dodgers added two more runs against the Rockies closer Greg Holland but with runners at first and second, the Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to end the game.
Ryu now has a 5.87 ERA in 15 1/3 innings this season, allowing 10 runs and 19 hits in his three losses.