|Los Angeles Dodgers starter Ryu Hyun-jin delivers a pitch on Tuesday. (AFP-Yonhap News)|
LOS ANGELES (AP) ― Rookie Ryu Hyun-jin outdueled Matt Harvey, and Nick Punto and A.J. Ellis drove in two runs apiece, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Tuesday night for their first seven-game winning streak in more than three years.
The Dodgers improved to 39-8 since June 22, becoming the first NL team with such a run since the New York Giants from Aug. 12-Oct. 3, 1951. Their winning streak is the franchise’s longest since taking nine straight from May 9-18, 2010.
Ryu (12-3) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one. The left-hander is unbeaten in seven starts since July 5, going 6-0 during his career-high winning streak. Ryu improved to 6-1 at Dodger Stadium, where he has won his last six decisions.
“He was matching their guy pitch for pitch,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “You could tell before the game he had an edge to him. He used all his pitches.”
“Ryu is the game plan when you got a guy like Harvey out there,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Hyun-jin was obviously up to the challenge. I was looking to see how he was going to respond to this little matchup. In the games they’ve made a big deal of he’s responded really well.”
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his 19th save in 22 chances.
Punto’s RBI double scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth off Harvey (9-4). His hit in the left field corner scored A.J. Ellis, who walked, and Juan Uribe, who singled, making it 2-1.Choo plays hero in win
CHICAGO (AP) ― Choo Shin-soo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning and J.J. Hoover provided terrific relief work on his 26th birthday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Tuesday night.
With no outs and the bases loaded, Choo jumped on the first pitch he got from Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) and lined it into the gap in right-center. Ryan Ludwick and Devin Mesoraco came around to score.
Sanchez walked the first two batters of the inning and Cesar Izturis reached on an error by third baseman Donnie Murphy to set up Choo’s clutch swing.
Nate Schierholtz, Dioner Navarro and Murphy homered for Chicago, which was shut out in each of its previous three home games. Schierholtz’s two-run drive in the second snapped a franchise record home scoreless stretch at 33 innings.
Hoover (3-5) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings, running his scoreless streak to 21 games and 24 2/3 innings.
Cleveland 5, Minnesota 2
NY Yankees 14, LA Angels 7
Washington 4, San Francisco 2
Boston 4, Toronto 2
Atlanta 3, Philadelphia 1
Seattle 5, Tampa Bay 4
Milwaukee 5, Texas 1
Chicago White Sox 4, Detroit 3
Miami 1, Kansas City 0
San Diego 7, Colorado 5
St. Louis 4, Pittsburgh 3
Arizona 4, Baltimore 3
Houston 5, Oakland 4